New creme de la creme for Cremant
There is to be a new ranking system for sparkling wine Cremant de Bourgogne. Cremant, french for creamy, originally indicated a less-bubbly style of sparkling wine. The wine has a slightly lower atmospheric pressure in the bottle than Champagne. Burgundy producers have introduced Eminent and Grand Eminent levels. Eminent wines must be aged on lees for at least 24 months, the standard version usually requires 9 months minimum ageing on lees. Meanwhile Grand Eminent wines can only be Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for white Cremants but up to 20% of Gamay can be used for rose wines and they have to be aged for 36 months on lees. 17 million bottles of the Burgundy sparkling wine was sold globally in 2015 with around a third being exported.