On 1 October, Domaine Claude Bentz (in Remich) added a crémant to its range, an initial foray into sparkling wines that has proved a real success. Carole Bentz, who came in to assist her father last year, has made her mark!
The transition between generations is a very important stage in the life cycle of a wine estate – a milestone that should bring fresh dynamism. Although Carole Bentz joined the estate last year, she had already been preparing for her new role for several years. This led to the implementation of several key decisions. For instance, work is in progress on a brand-new tasting and events room adjoining the cellar, 1.5 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were planted in spring, and the estate’s first crémant was launched on 1 October.
“I’ve always urged my father to produce it, and it was clear that when I joined the estate, I would expand the range,” she smiles determinedly. In 2018, she persuaded her father to set aside grapes to make the base wines for the blend of the future crémant. From the outset, she knew it had to be high-end fizz. “I was seeking elegance and finesse, which are emblematic of our estate,” affirms the young woman.
After long months of production and waiting, the wine was finally ready in autumn, and the budding winemaker was completely satisfied with it: “It was a real challenge … and very stressful too!” she murmurs. “We asked ourselves a lot of questions and tried several blends … but the result was worth all the hard work!”
This crémant, which mainly consists of Pinot Blanc and Riesling with a hint of Auxerrois “for its floral and fruity touch”, was aged for 18 months on the lees. “During this period, it gains elegance and subtle fizz.” Carole Bentz is right. This wine is broad with some very fine nuances, giving it sufficient character to be served with food and not just as an aperitif. It is nevertheless still fresh, which is essential for a crémant. The classy and elegant packaging is therefore by no means clichéd!
“We’re really happy because we’ve had some very positive feedback from our customers,” says Carole Bentz, clearly pleased. “They’re telling us that this new crémant fits in really well with our range.” For a first attempt, this is a fantastic achievement … which doesn’t mean that the pressure is off for Carole Bentz – the bar has been set high!