Crémant de Bordeaux AOC is a traditional method sparkling wine covering the Bordeaux AOC production zone. Mainly white (see the figures below) it can also be made as a rosé. It was introduced in 1990, replacing Bordeaux Mousseux. Bordeaux does not particularly lend itself to sparkling wine for its climate is rather too temperate and its grape varieties, whether fair or dark skinned, are generally either too flabby (Muscadelle), too aromatic (eg. Sauvignon Blanc) or too tannic (Cabernets) to make suitably light and delicate base wines. The planting of more suitable varieties is prohibited by AC law.
Production zone: Any commune entitled to the Bordeaux AOC.
Vineyard area & wine production: 2002 8,854hl of white plus 330hl of rosé (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.221).
Crémant de Bordeaux AOC Blanc can be made from any grape authorised in Bordeaux, meaning those listed immediately below, as well as from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle, Colombard and Ugni Blanc.
Crémant de Bordeaux AOC Rosé can be made only from red grapes allowed in Bordeaux–Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot.