Patriarche Père et Fils, one of France's oldest Burgundy houses, has added what it claims is a quality champagne substitute to its portfolio. Crémant de Bourgogne is produced by the same method as champagne and Patriarche hopes to capitalise on Britons' growing thirst for sparkling wines. The Brut 1999 is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and will sit in the middle of the £6-£8 category at £6.99. It is being handled in the UK by London-based Patriarche Wine Agencies. Marketing manager Felicity Bloye said: "While we are not impersonating New World sparkling wines, we are aiming for the same target market by offering a quality alternative to champagne that is made from classic grape varieties." {{DRINKS }}