Bubbly wines in Bordeaux
Although sparking wine has been made in Bordeaux for over 100 years, the Crémant wine production was approuved as an AOC status only in 1990. It can be white or rosé and can range from Extra Brut to Doux.
Bordeaux crémant wines are made like in Champagne with the same method: méthode traditionnelle following a two-step process in order to capture the bubble in the bottle: a first fermentation in order to produce a vin de base.
It could be made from different grapes all over the Bordeaux region.
For the white Crémant: Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle, Ugni blanc and Colombard plus any of the Bordeaux region's red grapes when vinified as blanc de noirs.
For the rosé Crémant: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenère.
Crémant de Bordeaux are required to have 9 months of ageing sur lie (or lattes).
The global production per year is about 100 000 cases, 98% for the white Crémant de Bordeaux.
Mains producers of Crémant de Bordeaux: