Cremant de Loire
Must apologise for the shake on the video. I couldn’t get rid of it no matter what software I used!
Crémant de Loire is a sparkling wine from the Loire as the names suggests. Normally appellations this size can produce wine of some questionable quality but what makes Crémant so special is the individual rules within the appellation. For example everything has to be cut by hand and then put in the containers which you can see on the video. Because it is a Loire appellation it allows grapes which are grown throughout the Saumurois, Anjou and the Touraine including Burgundy like cépages of the Eastern Loire, (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay over to the melon of the Nantais (Muscadet). Here, on the limestone soils of Saumur the pre-dominant white grape is Chenin (Blanc) although most Crémants are a blend. This particular one from La Domaine de la Paleine is normally 80% Chenin and 20% Charrdonnay. The Saumurois is France’s second largest producer of sparkling wine after Champagne and a combination of soil types, know-how, (or savoir faire, I suppose I should say) plus the severity of the appellation rules can make a wine full of flavour with fine, elegant bubbles and up there with the best. There is also a Rosé version normally made with Cabernet Franc or Pineau d’Aunis but La Paleine does a very interesting one using Pinot Noir with a distinct taste of the fruit and “compost” that we traditionally associate with Pinot.