Four sparkling French wines – but no Champagne…


Sauvion Crémant de Loire NV, France (£13.99 Oxford Wine Company, Flagship Wines)
Balances a bracing green apple tang against honeyed richness to good effect, crisp zesty finish. B(+)

Terroir La Baume Saint Paul Crémant de Limoux Brut* NV, Languedoc, France (N/A in the UK)
Quite a plush, rich style, with creamy buttery richness and abundant fresh pineapple and toasted nut flavour, maybe lacks crispness but certainly a crowd pleaser. B+

Arthur Metz Cuvée 1904 Crémant d’Alsace NV, France (N/A in the UK)
Gentle, elegant wine, subtle and toasty with a lightly spicy character alongside the creamy, almost plummy fruit flavours, and a stony mineral note to the finish. S(-)

Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Rosé 2014, France (£11.99 Ocado)
Simple but honest wine, with lightly plummy blackcurrant fruit and a refreshing, slightly earthy finish. C+

* Can only find a Dutch web page about this wine…

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