Champagne is the most prestigious of sparkling wines and can only be made in Northern France’s Champagne region. Crémants, often referred to as France’s best kept sparkling wine secret, can be made in France’s other wine regions including Bordeaux, Alsace and Bourgogne (aka Burgundy) just to name a few. All these regions are governed by rules to ensure quality standards and to preserve each regional character. They also represent some of the best value sparkling wines produced in the world today, expressing the specific terroir and traditions of the French regions from where they're sourced.
Crémants also come in a range of flavor styles but are generally more approachable than Champagne as they are lighter, floral, refreshing, and less austere with many being drier than Prosecco. As the name suggests, they can also have a lovely creamy texture.
Right: Crémant de Bourgogne, a wonderful alternative to Champagne