2014 Crémant Demi-Sec (1 x 750 ml)

The Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec is a delicate, off-dry sparkling wine: an American original. Crémant is French for 'creamy' and traditionally refers to a wine with light effervescence. It has approximately half the pressure of our other sparkling wines and presents a creamier texture with more exotic flavors. Schramsberg made California’s first Crémant in 1972. After rigorous study, Jack and Jamie Davies chose a unique California grape named Flora (a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer developed at UC Davis) to be the core component of this sparkling wine. Flora unites the fruit-forward character of Gewürztraminer with the strength and depth of Sémillon. Aging on the yeast for two and a half years prior to disgorgement adds complexity, yet the wine will retain its youthful appeal for 20 years or more.

Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec has been served at many State events, including President Reagan’s Second Inaugural Luncheon and President Clinton’s dinner for the prime minister of Canada. Most recently, the Crémant Demi-sec was served at a White House State Dinner hosted by President Obama honoring China’s President Xi Jinping.

The sweetness in Crémant is subtle, providing a fine balance with desserts, such as fruit tarts, poached fruits, light cakes, custards, exotic sorbets, gingerbread, and crème brûlée. It also compliments a wide range of spicy Asian foods, blue cheeses, and matches especially well with foie gras.

Tasting notes

Our 2014 Crémant has developed aromas of lemon shortbread, lime peel, and glazed apricot; complemented by hints of toasted brioche and butterscotch. The flavors are bright and refreshing on entry with nuances of white peach and pineapple balanced by cardamom spice. The palate is rich on entry with a long lingering finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

92 Points
Balanced sweetness is at the heart of this wine, a blend of 71% Flora with 16% Pinot Noir and 13%Chardonnay. Richly layered flavors of peach and vanilla complement a lingering effervescence that will work beautifully with spicy foods.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2018)
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