|How Do You Say "Crémant"?||
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|What is "Crémant"?||
‘Crémant’ is a generic French term for quality sparkling wines made in France outside of the region of Champagne. These wines fall under AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) laws. Remember only sparkling wines withing the appellation of Champagne, which meet AOC guidelines can be called ‘champagne’. Crémant is the term for better quality sparkling wines, the coarser ones are called mousseux. Just as the word champagne is reserved for use by the AOC guidelines, only wines which meet AOC criteria can be called ‘crémant’.
I have to thank Jancis Robinson for helping me out with the definition of crémant!
Note that the term ‘crémant’ used to refer to sparkling wines with a lower atmospheric pressure than champagne, but this meaning is obsolete.
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