Crémant de Bourgogne is the appellation used to describe the sparkling wines produced in Burgundy, which can be either white or rosé but not red, as these are known as Bourgogne Mousseux. It is made using the same ‘Méthode Traditionelle’ that is used to create the more famous Champagne, however due to the lack of the Champagne brand, Crémant de Bourgogne wines are much cheaper than their A-list cousins, resulting in wines that are comparable in quality to Champagne but far easier on the bank balance. Crémant de Bourgogne wines fall under 4 categories inside the AOC itself, which are as follows:
Le crémant de Bourgogne blanc de blancs – this is made from just Chardonnay and is generally described as a very light and lively wine.
Le crémant de Bourgogne blanc de noirs – this is made predominantly from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier or both together, and tends to be a little richer and with a bit more body.
Le crémant de Bourgogne rosé – the rosé wine is made almost entirely from Pinot Noir, occasionally with auxiliary Gamay.
The acidic grape variety Aligoté is often used to increase the effervescence of the wine to give it a little more sparkle. Crémant de Bourgogne production takes place chiefly in the regions of Auxerre and the Côte Chalonnaise.