The selection for this sparkler – Crémant de Bourgogne comes from vinyards situated south of Burgundy. The vineyard soils are composed of limestone, clay and pebbles and are situated in the cooler areas. The grapes are hand-picked at the early stage of the harvest in order to preserve the mineral character and the acidity. These elements will allow freshness and crispy aromas once bottled.
The word “Crémant” was originally used in reference to “Champagne demi-mousse” which is a lower pressured Champagne. The pressure difference was 5 bar instead of 6.5 to 7 bar. The actual vinification or elaboration of the Crémant called the “méthode traditionnelle” corresponds to the “méthode champenoise” and produces a pressure of 6.5 bar in the bottle.”
“From the Chardonnay grapes this sparkler allies freshness, body and smoothness. The Crémant Brut is dry and offers fine bubbles (1,5Million/30 minutes – we counted them but you do not have to believe me for this!), hints of flowers at the nose, crisp and fruity on the palate. It is a great Classic for all festive occasions” -Antoine Vincent
Winemaker: Antoine Vincent
Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
Soil: Limestone, clay, sand
Sizes Available: 12/750ml
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Town & CountryAuthor: Lauren Hubbard Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Best Sparkling Wine to Sip -- "There's more to French sparkling wine than champagne: just take this bottle for Burgundy for example. Made with chardonnay grapes, the wine derives a punchy apple and pear flavor with hints of citrus and spice that pair beautifully with crudo or anything on toast."
Eat This Not That!Author: Karla Walsh Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
The 27 Best Champagnes and Sparkling Wines for New Year’s Eve—All Under $30 -- "Apples, white peaches, and flowers are the resounding sensations you’ll experience in this French Chardonnay-based cremant. Subtle vanilla qualities smooth out the finish."
Score: 88 Points
Wine SpectatorAuthor: Alison Napjus Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Bright and juicy, this balanced bubbly offers a lively bead and flavors of poached apricot, pastry and honey. Delivers a tangy, saline-tinged finish. Drink now.
The Wine BuzzDate: Friday, December 16, 2016
Subtly toasty aroma; creamy and crisp, with flavors of Red Delicious apple and vanilla; bright tart finish.
ForbesAuthor: Nick Passmore Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Crémant refers to French sparkling wine from anywhere other than Champagne, and frequently, like this effervescent delight, is terrific value. Bigger, fuller richer mouthfeel than many Champs and California fizz at twice the price, probably because of a touch higher dosage, but fear not, its all in balance, and will work perfectly as a cocktail or with the turkey.
Grade: 6 Best Thanksgiving Wines Under $20
Score: 92 Points
Wine & SpiritsDate: Monday, July 25, 2016
"...bursts with clean, crisp chardonnay flavors of apples and white fruit. It's juicy and full-bodied, with fine floral details and citrus spice keeping it buoyant into a long finish."
Grade: Best Buy. Year's Best Summer Sparklers
Marie Claire MagazineDate: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
"A nice chardonnay (or sparkling wine, like Crmant de Bourgogne" goes fantastic with white chocolate or a chocolate-covered fruit, like a chocolate orange or chocolate-covered cherries. The crisp, citrus flavors let white chocolate shine- and fruit with fruit is a kind of no-brainer."
Grade: "Chocolate Pairings You *Need* to Know"
Score: 90 Points
The Tasting PanelAuthor: Anthony Dias Blue Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
"Fresh and bright with creamy texture and racy acidity"
Score: 88 Points
Wine SpectatorAuthor: Alison Napjus Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
"Hints of toasted hazelnut and ground clove underscore a silky palate of creamed pear, apricot tart and lemon curd flavor. Well-balanced and finely integrated, with bright, mouthwatering acidity throughout."
About.comAuthor: Stacy Slinkard Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
"Made in the same method as Champagne, Cremants are regional bubblies made from local grapes and typically offer exceptional value in sparkling wine. This particular bubbly packs considerable fruit in a lighter bodied style, fun, festive and full of bright apple and citrus character wrapping up in a dry, crisp finish."
Score: 89 Points
The Tasting PanelAuthor: Anthony Dias Blue Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
"Bright and juicy with racy acidity and toasty style; fresh and balanced, elegant."
Cosmopolitan MagazineAuthor: Alyssa Vitrano Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"Full of creamy, fresh yellow apple."
Gabes View (Gabesview.com)Author: Gabe Sasso Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"This sparkling wine from Burgundy was made using 100% Chardonnay. The fruit for this selection was hand picked in the earliest stages of harvest. This wine is available all over the US and has a suggested retail price of $23.99. Bits of pineapple, almond and hazelnut emerge from the nose of this wine along with a touch of lemon zest. Granny Smith apple leads the charge through the palate accompanied by bits of brioche and a firm undercurrent of yeast. Minerals, white pepper and nutmeg are all present on the finish along with a wisp of fresh ginger. There is a terrific depth of palate, purity of fruit and solid length here. It is a fresh, lively and elegant wine for the price."
Grade: 7 Sparkling Wines for the Holidays and Beyond
Score: 88 Points
Snooth EditorialsAuthor: Gregory Dal Piaz Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"Perfumed and fairly complex on the nose with dried flowers, honeycomb, toasted nut and earthy, leesy toned dried apple fruit aromas. Bright and dry with good focus, this is less complex in the mouth, quite simple in fact, but what it does, delivering a crisp, clean mouthfeel with earthy complexity to the subtle dried apple and citrus fruits, it does quite well. The finish is tight, clean and a bit short but this is dry, crisp and delicious. I would buy this."
Grade: Top 10 Sparkling Wines of the Holiday Season
ForbesAuthor: Unlisted Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
"The Crowd Pleaser (light-bodied sparkling wine) From the owners of Château de Fuisse—these guys have the Burgundy Chardonnay thing down—this is fruitier and lighter (and more refreshing) than a Champagne might be, but classic-tasting enough to pass muster with traditionalists. Its nicely balanced off-dry character probably won’t hurt its popularity with the general run of guests either."
Grade: #4- 12 Great Wines Under $25
Score: 88 Points
Wine & SpiritsAuthor: Unlisted Date: Monday, July 16, 2012
"Lively and fresh, this flavorful sparkling wine is packed with ripe lemon and quince fruit. Its mousse is a bit foamy, its aroma a bit grassy. Balanced for the richness of a lobster roll."
Score: 90 Points
Wine Review OnlineAuthor: Michael Apstein Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
" Jean-Jacques Vincent and son, Antoine, owners and winemakers of Château Fuissé, one of the very top estates in Pouilly-Fuissé, have, like many small growers in Burgundy, a négociant business in addition to their main domaine wines. This Crémant is just one of an astonishingly good and well-priced line of wines they produce under their négociant label, Vincent. (Crémant is a term for sparkling wines produced by traditional methods, but outside of the Champagne area.) Although any of the allowed Burgundy grapes can be used for Crémant de Bourgogne, Vincent uses Chardonnay exclusively, which explains the wine’s glorious elegance and persistence. And since the grapes come from around his base in the warmer Mâcon region, their Crémant has an appealing roundness balanced by a lovely creamy mousse. It’s a terrific alternative to Champagne."
Bigger Than Your Head (Eating & Drinking: the good, the bad, and the rest of it)Author: Frederic Koeppel Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
"A charming way to precede or begin a meal would be with the J.J. Vincent Crémant de Bourgogne, non-vintage, made completely from chardonnay grapes from the Côte Chalonnaise, south of Burgundy proper. The color is radiant medium straw-gold, and the mousse is persistent, pinpoint, slightly creamy. Plenty of stones and bones in this dry, crisp, lively sparkling wine, which has an aura of apples and green grapes, as well as hints of pear and peach, and a slightly earthy cast, a little sweet and foresty. Tasty and intriguing, with a lingering finish of spice and limestone."
Grade: Very Good+
US Airways MagazineAuthor: Nick Passmore Date: Friday, January 6, 2012
"This aristocratic bottle of bubbles displays an impressive haughtiness and will surprise even the most demanding Champagne aficionado."
Grade: Valentines Day Sparklers
The Black Dress TravelerAuthor: Wanda Mann Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011
"Hailing from the Burgundy region of France, this 100% chardonnay bubbly is produced using the methode traditionnelle and corresponds to the method of producing champagne. Dry with fine bubbles, it is crisp and fruity. Truly, a lovely sparkling wine at a great price."
Serious EatsAuthor: Sarah Chappell Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2011
"Crémant de Bourgogne hails from Burgundy, right next door to Champagne, and features many similar grapes, making it a good alternative to its fancy neighbor. The JJ Vincent Crémant de Bourgogne Brut is made from chardonnay and has delicate flavors of buttered bread, holiday spices and quince paste."
Houston ChronicleAuthor: Dale Robertson Date: Monday, December 12, 2011
"Add fizz to your festivities with panel's top choices in sparklers" "Bubbles! It's the season, and we have a superb lineup of recommendations for you." read more
Grade: 8.5 out of 10 points
The Wine BuzzAuthor: Unlisted Date: Friday, November 11, 2011
"Yeasty, slightly nutty aroma with a hint of apple; lively mousse and bright, clean pear flavors in a creamy texture."
Grade: Recommended Bubbly
Los Angeles Daily NewsAuthor: Fred Tasker Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
"Tiny bubbles, lean, dry and minerally, tart and crisp.
Grade: Weeknight? Break out the Bubbly
Unfilteredunfined.comAuthor: Ben Weinberg Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
"a frothy mix of lime zest, white peach, starfruit and pink cherries, all coming together on a bright, long finish."
1WineDude.comAuthor: Joe Roberts Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
"Unleashing refined apple bubbly goodness to your palate with vinous kung fu precision."
The Palate Press (PalatePress.com)Author: David Honig Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
"The wine shows straw-pale yellow with consistent small bubbles. On the nose it is very yeasty, with tropical fruits, like banana bread with a pineapple topping. It is more tart on the attack, leading with soft lime and clementines. It softens to more tropical flavors on the mid-palate, all over a yeasty Zweiback (that’s not a wine, BTW) background, with mango and fried banana. Acids add crispness. The finish is mid-length, trending back toward the citrus flavors. Drink with escargot."
Drinkhacker.comAuthor: Unlisted Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
"This Crémant de Bourgogne is made from Chardonnay, a brut wine that offers somewhat less fizziness than your typical Champagne, plus an abundance of fruit. Figs, pears, and a little pineapple offer really ripe flavors, and here the bubbles complement that well. Not yeasty or overloaded with bread notes, the JJ Vincent is refreshing and offers just a hint of sweetness -- though the round body makes it less of a tart aperitif and instead a bit of a meal unto itself."
Miami HeraldAuthor: Fred Tasker Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
"Tiny bubbles, lean, dry and mineraly, tart and crisp."
Score: 91 Points
Durham MagazineAuthor: Arturo Ciompi Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
"J.J. Vincent is the owner and producer of the renowned Château Fuissé, located in the southern Burgundy region of France. The estate now produces a Crémant that exceeds many true Champagnes in pleasure factor and ripeness. This genial non-vintage sparkler, made by the tradition "Méthode Champenoise," is wonderfully satisfying and an absolute crowd pleaser.
Lovely, deep straw color. A ripe and exuberant Chardonnay nose with fresh yellow apple and pear essences. Inviting and luxurious. The bubble is persistent on the palate, without the intense minerality or chalkiness often found in true Champagne. Yet this softer mouth texture is remarkably pure and richly flavorful. Altogether refreshing and brisk, a recent tasting found everyone thrilled by its character and lovability. A most pleasant surprise, try with aged Gouda, Mediterranean olives and whole grain crackers or cheese straws."