Economical supermarket, Lidl’s “highly underrated,” Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV — which sells for a little over $10 — was just nameded as one of the finest sparking wines in the world at the 2017 International Wines and Spirits Competition.
In fact, reports show that Lidl’s low-cost, unassuming wine earned the IWSC’s Silver Outstanding award, beating out each of the three other Crémant wines in its category.
Business Insider writes that comparable bottles of Veuve Clicquot 2008 — a French Champagne from a winery founded in 1772 — earned the very same Silver Outstanding award, but often sells for over $63.
According to Vinepair.com, Crémant wines share much in common with Champagnes — both are sparkling white wines fermented through similar processes — but Crémants, in general, are slightly less bubbly. In addition, Vinepair.com says that Crémants, unlike French Champagnes, can be produced in several French regions, including Bordeaux, Jura, Limoux, Die, Alsace, the Loire Valley and Burgundy.
Much to the dismay of North American enthusiasts, Refinery 29 reports that Lidl’s Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV is currently only available across the pond. But for those curious to know what it tastes like, the supermarket describes its wine as “dry and with plenty of flavor,” with “well integrated fizz and a dry, lingering finish. An excellent apertif.”
Business Insider reports that Lidl UK, on average, sells 10,000 bottles of their Crémant de Bourgogne a month.