Sec = very dry
Demi-Sec = dry
Du = somewhat sweet
Sucre = sweet
My preference is Du, with dessert, Demi Sec with a meal, and Sucre for an after dinner relaxing drink.
Thanks for the information.
I've heard the term "cremante" (sp?) - where does this fit in on the sweetness scale?
The term "cremente" is an Italian word. You have spelled it correctly. It has nothing to do with the sweetness of wine. It refers to burning something to ashes.
The French have only 4 categories for wine sweetness as described above.
Hope this helps.
I make my own wine and "Champagne" so I can taylor the flavor and sweetness to my palette.
Cremente is a bubbly wine and is usually enjoyed at dessert.
Sorry, spelled that wrong. It's crÃ©mant *blush*.
I also wanted to add that it is also served as an apÃ©ritif or a cocktail. :o)
Ah, spelling. What a difference it makes. French and Italian languages have many similarities. CrÃ©mant blush being a light pink sparkling wine is just that. It cannot be called "Champagne", because only sparkling wine made from grapes from the province of Champagne can be called "Champagne".
So, it is sparkling wine, but it does not change the above mentioned 4 classes of sweetness.
Speaking of spelling, it isn't 'du' but 'doux'.
What's more, Champagne is not a 'province' but rather part of a 'rÃ©gion'--Champagne-Ardenne. In France there is a distinction between these words.