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The triumphant return of the Crémant

As our Club Chandon Prestige Members know, every year we release an exclusive limited edition wine for Prestige Members’ enjoyment. First released in 2005, and last released in 2008, Chandon Crémant has been a beloved, indulgently creamy bubbly, and fans of this silky delight have been clamoring for more ever since the last release (quickly) sold out.

Tom Tiburzi - Domaine Chandon Winemaker

As our Club Chandon Prestige Members know, every year we release an exclusive limited edition wine for Prestige Members’ enjoyment. First released in 2005, and last released in 2008, Chandon Crémant has been a beloved, indulgently creamy bubbly, and fans of this silky delight have been clamoring for more ever since the last release (quickly) sold out.

We’re excited to announce that 2011 marks the reappearance of the Crémant, and Sparkling Winemaker Tom Tiburzi couldn’t be more excited. “While it’s been three years since the prior Crémant release,” Tom explained, “we’ve been waiting until the wine was ready.”

In between prepping the vineyard for harvest and putting together final tasting notes in advance of the upcoming 2001 etoile Tête de Cuvée (available this October!), Tom sat down with us to discuss his latest release.

One name, many definitionsCremant
“Crémant” is a French-controlled designation of origin term, once used to describe non-champagne wines produced in the Champagne region of France. However, in recent years, it has been authorized for wines produced in other areas, including Loire and Bordeaux.

“Paying homage to the French style, Chandon produces a Crémant, but under different regulations that define the wine,” says Tom. “Here in the United States, it means the wine has to have a lower pressure, below four atmospheres.” Generally speaking, this is one characteristic most Crémant wines share. Having lower pressure than typical sparkling wines plays a key role towards achieving a soft, rich wine that graciously unfolds on the palate.

Creamy, creamy, creamy
Even a non-French-speaker can take one look at Crémant’s name and get the gist of what the wine’s meant to be.

Offering a delicate and luxurious tasting experience, Tom’s take on Crémant starts with the selections he and his team make for the cuvée. “When we’re creating the blend, the base wines we seek are the ones with the creamiest, richest palate. Then, we age it a minimum of three years.” This added time on the yeast helps create—you guessed it—a creamy finish.

What to taste it with
True to its name, the Crémant’s flavor profile has strong notes of lemon mousse, pear, hazelnut, toasted brioche and just a touch of ginger. On the palate, you can pick up flavors of toffee, white peach and subtle hints of vanilla. Its added silkiness lends itself well to dessert, but it’s also surprisingly versatile. “It’s great with creamy dishes like seafood with cream sauce, and a lot of soft cheeses,” adds Tom. “It’d be outstanding with crème brûlée.”

One thing it won’t be is available for long—this year’s batch is only 900 cases. Club Chandon Prestige Members should reorder more soon. Not yet a member? You can join today to gain access to the Crémant, along with all the other benefits of membership.