Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec North Coast 2015
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 two-thirds the pressure of our other sparkling wines and presents a creamier texture with more exotic flavors. Schramsberg made its 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, depth and minerality of Sémillon. Aging on the yeast for two 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 U.S. State events, including President Reagans Second Inaugural Luncheon and President Obamas White House Dinner for Chinas Xi Jinping. Most recently, the Crémant Demi-sec was served at the White House Governors Ball Dinner hosted by President Donald Trump.
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.
Our 2015 Crémant has developed aromas of pineapple, peach, glazed orange and citrus peel, complemented by hints of toasted brioche and honey. The flavors are bright and refreshing on entry with layers of apricot, mango and guava, balanced by cinnamon. The palate exhibits bright fruit on entry with a delicious balance of sweetness and acidity.
– Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
This impressive bottling relies on Flora grapes for its core (67%), blended with 19% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Noir. Theres an intentional sweetness to the wine that makes it off dry in peach, pineapple and honey. Lively acidity keeps it balanced with a lift and energy in between the welcome richness.
– Wine Enthusiast – August 2019 Advanced Buying Guide