Historical French Sparkling wine producers of Crémant
Using the méthode traditionnelle, yet cultivated in Bourgogne, Vitteaut-Alberti’s Award-winning Crémant de Bourgogne has the elegant personality and finesse widely associated with Champagne, without the hefty price tag. Through their meticulous standards and excellent quality, Vitteaut-Alberti contributed to the creation of the legal AOC name Crémant de Bourgogne in 1975 and since then the vineyard has concentrated wholly on planting grapes suitable for this cuveé.
It’s amazing to be working with such an influence in French sparkling wine. I came across Vitteaut-Alberti when our Burgundy producer brought me a bottle as a gift. I loved it so much I did some research and could not believe their history and that their wines were not in the UK yet! Richard, Founder & Buyer
During 1951, in the traditional village of Rully, within the heart of Burgundy, not far from Champagne, Mr Lucien Vitteaut and his wife Maria, née Alberti, opened the Maison Vitteaut-Alberti. Using the méthode champenoise (now known as méthode traditionnelle), the founders mastered the art of a Crémant de Bourgogne, which at the time was known as a Vin Mousseux.
Rising in popularity in restaurants and private buyers alike, the Vin Mousseux producers wanted to establish a cahier des charges to guarantee the quality of this product. The AOC Crémant de Bourgogne was created in 1975 and established the rules for making a completely Burgundian sparkling wine in its own right: Crémant de Bourgogne.
Now with thirteen hectares and international recognition of Crémant de Bourgogne, the vineyard has expanded to the areas of the Côte Chalonnaise and the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. Despite its growth, Vitteaut-Alberti still holds to the same refined standards with which it started.
The Vitteaut-Alberti vineyards are managed in lutte raisonnée (translation: to use only what is needed) viticulture. The vines are treated only to meet their specific needs and not in a systematic fashion. Chemical substances such as fertilizers or other phyto-sanitary products are controlled, thus limiting the negative impact to the environment. This viticulture has resulted in yields of pure, healthy and balanced grapes which produce the highest quality Crémants.
Location: Burgundy, France Working with us since: 2016 Our pick of the best wine from this producer: Cremant Blanc Interesting fact: Vitteaut-Alberti was responsible for contributing to sparkling wine being allowed to be made outside of Champagne – called Crémant across France