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The “Eminent” and “Grand Eminent” segments are the two top levels of a new hierarchy founded upon the internationally recognized appellation of Crémant de Bourgogne, which provides the basis of the pyramid.
An “Eminent” wine must have been aged for at least 24 months on laths, thus leaving each producer to bring all their skills and technique to producing their wine, as they always have done. The “Grand Eminent” segment has a more restrictive definition that encourages the production of some unique Crémant de Bourgognes. It will only be applied to limited volumes, and will help boost the image of our appellation by providing a channel through which we can demonstrate our expertise with a wine that is perfect for extra special occasions.
It is not the aim of the Burgundy region to produce enormous quantities of single appellations, contrary to some other winegrowing regions. Burgundy, land of excellence, knows that its strength lies in an authentic yet limited offer, due to its history, its varietals, and its terroir. This proposal to adopt this new segmentation is not compulsory, but it is the commitment of an entire industry that will ensure Burgundy’s success.
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