Crémant de Bourgogne Gets New Classification System

25th April 2016

Crémant de Bourgogne Gets New Classification System

A new ranking system for Crémant de Bourgogne has been agreed, including ‘Eminent’ and ‘Grand Eminent’ levels.

According to the BIVB (Burgundy wine bureau), to be labelled Eminent the Crémant must be aged for at least 24 months on lees, compared to the standard 9 months.

Grand Eminent Crémants have a few more rules which include:

  • Aged at least 36 months on lees
  • Minimum alcohol content of 10 degrees
  • Only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for white crémants. Up to 20% Gamay is allowed for rosé.
  • Minimum of 3 months between disgorgement and release
  • Only the first 75% of juice extracted during pressing can be used
  • Sugar level (dosage) must be under 15g per litre

The Burgundy wine bureau will oversee the classification system is correctly used.


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