The excellent quality of Luxembourg crémant wines was confirmed at the 26th national congress of crémant wines from France and the Grand Duchy, held in Savoie (France). In all the Grand Duchy won 26 medals - 16 of them gold - from the 720 samples tasted by a panel of judges. Each producer participating in the congress could offer five samples in each category: 'brut blanc', 'rosé', 'millésimé', and 'blanc de noir'.
One appellation denoting excellence - the 'crémant millésimé'
Since 1991, the appellation 'Crémant de Luxembourg' can be used for sparkling wines produced in the Grand Duchy using the champagne method. This is a slightly sparkling wine produced according to very precise production rules, including:
- grapes harvested by hand;
- a quantity of must not exceeding 100 litres for 150 kilos of grapes;
- the vintage turns to sparkling wine by a second alcoholic fermentation in the bottle;
- the vintage must spend at least nine months without interruption on the lees, in the same winery;
- sugar content must be less than 50 g/l;
The final crémant wine has a light, creamy taste, resulting from the assembly of the best grape varieties. But each winemaker chooses his or her own assembly, which means that each creation is a new discovery.
Since 2015, the appellation 'crémant millésimé' has protected all top-quality crémant wines. To achieve this qualification, bottles of 'crémant millésimé' must be left for at least 24 months on slats, giving the wine a softer, creamy, elegant taste.
The Luxembourg Wine Route
The Luxembourg Wine Route – a 42 km tourist itinerary running the length of the Moselle valley from the European village of Schengen as far as Wasserbillig – is an idyllic birthplace for winegrowing.
While the banks of the Moselle, rural paths and picturesque villages are great invitations to take a stroll, the landscape is shaped above all by its vineyards. The vineyards here cover a total area of 1,300 hectares; vines have been grown and wine produced here for more than 2,000 years, and this skill can be sampled in the form of crémants and other exceptional wines.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)