Like Prosecco? Try Crémant

By Rob Willey,


Hipper than Cava and Prosecco, Crémant-the other French bubbly-is the toast of the moment. Here are the five best bottles to try, by region.

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Domaine Charles Baur Rose

Crafted from Pinot Noir grown in soil rich with clay and limestone, this luminously pink wine is brisk and effervescent, with the bright, fruit-tinged kick of rose. $20;


Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore Brut Rose

Based in a region better known for its full-bodied still wines, Louis Bouillot has crafted a creamy mix of Pinot Noir and Gamay that features ripe-strawberry flavors balanced by delicate acidity. $14;

Caves Jean Bourdy Brut

This biodynamic, Chardonnay-based sparkling wine made by a 15th-generation vintner is crisp and flinty, with fresh citrus and even a hint of smoke. $20;

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J. Laurens Brut

Made from Chardonnay and Mauzac, this product of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southwestern France has a yeasty richness and finishes bone-dry. $14;

Guy Bossard Cuvee Ludwig Hahn

The work of a fifth-generation Muscadet specialist, this blend of Folle Blanche, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Melon de Bourgogne grapes has a fruity aroma, a bracing minerality, and a taut snap. $20;

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