Sparkling winemakers in France's Savoie province are set to join an elite club able to use the term 'Cremant' on marks, after gaining approval from officials.
France's appellation body has said that Savoie wineries producing sparkling wines by the traditional Champagne method can use the term 'Cremant' on marks for wines from the 2014 harvest. The first wines could not be released until the end of 2015, according to the strict production rules.The news is a first tentative step towards Savoie gaining a fully-fledged 'Cremant de Savoie' appellation; something local producers have campaigned for several years to achieve. Additional Cremant appellations already existing in France include Cremants de Bourgogne, Alsace, Loire and Limoux. French newspaper Le Dauphine quoted the head of Savoie wine body CIVS, Pierre Viallet,as saying Cremant de Savoie could be a 'spearhead' for the province's wines across France and in foreign markets. In April this year, the director of France's national appellation body,
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