As I review the cahier des charges (specifications) for Crémant de Savoie AOP (page 18), I am unsure what they are saying (even when translated!). When it comes to the base assemblage, it seems to indicate that it would be 'beneficial' that the cuvée adhere to these 3 things: (1) minimum 40% Jacquère, (2) a combination of Altesse and/or Jacquère together or separately at a minimum of 60%, and (3) no more than 20% red varieties.
Is this merely a recommendation? Or a hard rule? And if so, how to interpret minimum Jacquère requirement if it can be combined with Altesse for a minimum of 60%? We would love to ensure the right information for you all!
Je ne sais pas! Merci!
Ok! As a colleague (Jenn!) generously explained, it’s all these things. This rule is basically to prevent a variety like Chardonnay from taking up as much as 60% of the blend. Altesse is able to help balance that share up to 60%, though, so long as a minimum of 40% Jacquère is present. And never more than 20% red grapes. I swear it’s like a voting ballot- I can read it 10 times and still be confused!
We are, however, still investigating the language ‘beneficial’ to be certain this is a hard rule to know. We believe that it is a polite way of say ‘yes it is’ in French.
That's great. So basically, the Iowa Caucuses. "Shoot, my grape didn't win, but let's combine our votes to make sure Chardonnay doesn't get all of the delegates."
It would be beneficial if the other candidate didn’t get all the delegates...