About Cremant de Loire

About Cremant de Loire
Sparkling wine is a time-honored tradition in France. The most famous is Champagne, from the eponymous region in the northeast reaches of the country, but there are other excellent examples. These include sparking wines from Alsace, Burgundy and Loire; they are known as "cremant" or "mousseux" and are made in styles ranging from dry to medium sweet. They can be made in white or rosé styles, although there are a few red versions (Bourgogne Mousseux is the term for sparkling red Burgundy).

There are also sparkling wines made in regions such as the Jura, Rhone Valley and Bordeaux.

Top Picks for Cremant de Loire

Gratien & Meyer NV Brut Crémant de Loire
85 points
$19
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of balloons, apricot preserves, turkish delight, struck match, and almond croissant with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, light body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of buttered parker dinner rolls and lemon curd with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and lively everyday sparkler with toasty charm.
Gratien & Meyer NV Brut Rose Crémant de Loire
85 points
$19
Steely amber color. Aromas of golden apple, parchment, and pickled ramps with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant kumquat, yeasty buns, and minerals finish. A bubbly quaffer for everyday celebrations.