About Other French Sparkling Wine

About Other French Sparkling Wine
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 Other French Sparkling Wine

Antech 2018 Emotion Brut Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey-roasted nuts, sliced strawberries, pickled watermelon, lemon pound cake with creme fraiche, thyme, and tarragon with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of yuzu custard with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh, friendly and mouthwatering Cremant de Limoux for any warm weather celebration.
Awards: 2021 Best Cremant
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Cafe De Paris NV Rose Vin Mousseux De Qualite
88 points
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry, biscuit, and ghee with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of melon and minerals with no oak flavor. A vibrant and appetizing rose bubbly that is sure to please.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Cafe De Paris NV Brut Vin Mousseux De Qualite
87 points
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon custard cake, sourdough bread, and sautéed nuts and stone fruits with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-length finish. An earthy, savory bubbly that will pair nicely with cheeses.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Cafe De Paris NV Blanc De Printemps Vin Mousseux De Qualite
87 points
Silver color. Earthy aromas and flavors of melon and white peach, white strawberry with almond cookie, and gravel and grass with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-length finish with overtones of citrus melange with soft, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A mild yet refreshing sparkler that will be ideal for picnics.
Rose AlleE’ NV Sparkling Rosé France
84 points
Pale steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries in cream and tarragon with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A simple, bright and bubbly summer quaffer.