Brut tradition - Carte Noire Available in 75 cl, 37.5 cl and 150 cl bottles.
Available in 75 cl, 37.5 cl and 150 cl bottles.
Vine type: Assembly of several Alsace vines, principally Pinot Blanc (90%)
Wine type: Delicately sparkling white wine, pale-gold coloured, principally made of Pinot Blanc grapes on which is applied the traditional Champagne method in order for the grapes to arrive undamaged in the press.
Harvesting and wine-making: Crémant d’Alsace is made according to strict regulations which ensure its status of first-class wine. The grapes dedicated to its production are picked a few days before traditional harvesting starts, in order to seize the most favourable time when grapes offer their finest harmony.
At Charles Wantz’s, grapes are harvested in small crates containing 15 kg at the most, in order to avoid crushing the grapes before pressing. In the course of traditional fermentation, the wine will naturally start « bubbling » in the bottles, thus transforming it into « Crémant d’Alsace ». This choice of a typically home-made method requires for each bottle long, patient and scrupulous care. (24 months before disgorging) Every bottle of Charles Wantz Crémant d’Alsace is regularly rotated on its stand, while progressively tilting the bottle on its head in order to gather the deposit in the neck until discharge time. This is the only method for it to become such a delicately light and lively wine.
How to serve it : Serve this festive wine chilled at a 5° to 7° C temperature, in a flute rather than in a goblet, in order to concentrate the wine fragrances and to allow a harmonious release of its delicate bubbles.
How to keep it : Slowly aged on laths, Crémant d’Alsace is offered at the time when it yields its full qualities and is thus best to drink. It may, however, be kept 4 to 5 years if the cellar respects the golden rules required by this great wine. The keeping temperature should be constant and only vary by a few degrees with the passing seasons. Crémant d’Alsace, when settling, does not allow any vibration, prefers darkness and a good ventilation. Store the bottles flat, with the cork in contact with the wine in order to avoid drying-out.
What to drink it with : As an aperitif, plain or with a fruit cream liqueur, for dessert, but also with sea food, entrees, fish and fowl.