Blanquette de Limoux

 
Blanquette de Limoux,
 Crémant de Limoux,
Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale
Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale
 

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale
 

History tells us that Blanquette de Limoux, the world's first sparkling wine, dates as far back as 1531. At the time, the monks of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Hilaire, near Limoux, were producing a somewhat unusual white wine in their cellars. Inside its glass flask, with a cork top - very rare for wines at this time - it acquired a natural sparkle. This was the forefather of the brut which is tasted today at the world's most prestigious tables. Since they first started cultivating vines, the growers of Limoux have aimed at maintaining the originality of the Blanquette de Limoux growth and developing its quality. The region's surrounding hills protect it from the extremes of the Mediterranean and Atlantic climates, with the area enjoying a microclimate particularly suitable for making quality white wine.
 

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The vines classified in the appellation are always planted at the top of southern-facing slopes, giving the best exposure. The soil here is shallow and sparse, full of chalk and stone. The surface area of the vineyards is restricted by quota, the yield is limited, and the grapes are picked manually only, in sections, at the ideal stage of ripening.

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale

The Crémant de Limoux:


The blend is predominantly Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. They produce more familiar and rounded flavours with a good mousse. The wine is matured on its lees for 12 months before final bottling, again using the Champagne method. The basic method is "la Méthode Traditionnelle" the same as for Blanquette When pressing the grapes, the first clear, pure juices are collected to form the tête de cuvée (vintage heads). These basic wines are then blended with vintages from different terroirs, a fundamental process through which each estate gives its wines their own personalities. After the first fermentation to obtain the basic wines from each grape variety blending is carried out and a sweet liqueur (liqueur de tirage or drawing liqueur) is then added to cause the second fermentation in the bottle. The wine starts to sparkle. After 9 months of ageing, when the remaining crust is led towards the neck of the bottle by stirring, a daily operation done on a rack. The bottle neck is then frozen and the solid-ice crust expelled. A dose of liqueur "liqueur d'expédition" is added according to the style desired, brut or medium dry. The bottle is then closed with its final mushroom shaped cork. Its pert nose is reminiscent of Spring fruit and flowers, green apples and honey. The poorer quality wine tastes remarkably similar to good cider. The wine is made up with a maximum of 60% traditional Mauzac grapes, and a minimum of 30% Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc (neither of which must exceed 20%) which enhance its bouquet, freshness and delicacy. This assemblage (blending) gives Crémant de Limoux all its nuances and personality. The Crémant de Limoux is left to age longer than the Blanquette de Limoux during at least 12 months. After another 2-month rest, the bottles are ready for labelling and can be shipped all over the world. Crémant de Limoux can be recognised by a pale robe with golden reflections, very fine bubbles, and elegant effervescence. It is a "Brut" that can be identified by its nose of white flowers together with subtle hints of citrus fruit and toasted bread. It is best drunk within 2 years of purchase at 6 or 7°C, usually as an apéritif with pieces of salty toast, or with fish and white meat.

  Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale


Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale


Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale

Blanquette de Limoux:


The name "Blanquette" comes from the Mauzac grape, which develops a white down on the vine leaves - hence "blanc" or white. Blanquette de Limoux must contain at least 80 percent of its primary grape, Mauzac, (also called "Blanquette"). Other grapes included in the mix are Clairette, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay; the later is increasingly used to embellish the wine. Blanquette is made using the "methode champenoise" undergoing a secondary fermentation in the bottle before final bottling at 9 months. The resulting wine is fresh and dry with a pleasant "yeasty" edge. It has a pale yellow robe, with flashes of green or yellow. Blanquette de Limoux is slowly cooled down to 6/7°C and produces brisk bubbles in strings. n 1938, Blanquette de Limoux became the first AOP established in the Languedoc region. The drink itself is a traditional aperitif and dessert wine in the area. Blanquette de Limoux can contain three grape varieties:

Blanquette de Limoux Methode Ancestrale:

An alternate process exists for Blanquette in which only Mauzac grapes are used, the fermentation is entirely natural, and the bottling occurs on a full moon in March. The wine is bottled while it still contains yeast and unfermented sugars. As the sugar ferments the bubbles develop in the bottle. This tends to be a sweeter wine with relatively low alcohol. It typically contains less than 7% alcohol. On the nose the wine Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale is claimed to have a bouquet of apricot, acacia, hawthorn, peach flowers or apple.
Blanquette, Sparkling Wine  The most important grape varieties for white are Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.
 
Limoux

Limoux, a welcoming and vibrant city in the south of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, is renowned for its hospitality and low crime rates. The town is situated in the basin of the river Aude. Further up the river, the medieval city of Carcassonne is a mere 16 miles away and makes a delightful day trip. Over the years, Limoux has served as an important trading route with Spain. Wool weaving remains a vibrant industry in the town and has contributed much to its own prosperity. The town has a colourful cultural scene. Music, theatre and dance take centre-stage in the town’s lively year round events.
Mauzac
 
 
Toques & Clochers


Since the founding of AOP Limoux wines, the great chefs along with the most renowned sommeliers have always given their precious advice on the best wine and food combinations. Their invaluable expertise have contributed to improving the quality of our wines. The constant focus on aromas and flavors in collaboration with our enologists have allowed us to produce ever-finer, more subtle, more delicate wines. Every year, a enowned chef presides over the Palm Sunday auction. Pierre Troisgros was the President of the First Toques & Clocher auction in 1990.

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale
 

Domaine J.Laurens - La Digne D'Aval


Domaine J.Laurens

Domaine J.Laurens - La Digne D'Aval

Blanquette, Sparkling Wine

The domain is situated in the south of France, on the communes of 'La Digne d'Aval' and 'La Digne d'Amont', less than 5 kilometres from Limoux, a stone’s throw away from the famous city of Carcassonne, one hour from Toulouse and two hours from Montpellier.Since the years 80, the domain elaborate only sparkling wines in ‘’AOP’’ on 30 hectares. Year after year they have been consolidating their reputation of quality in France but also all over Europe, in the USA, Canada or Japon. We invite you to visit our winery, our strict ways of cultivation and winemaking in traditional method and we will be happy to welcome you at Domaine J.Laurens for a tour and a tasting of our sparkling wines..



Domaine la Maurette - Serres


Domaine
la Maurette

Domaine la Maurette - Serres

Blanquette, Sparkling Wine

Domaine la Maurette is located 350m above sea level at the foot of Cardou in the heart of Cathar Country. Our ten acres of vineyards, facing south liesnear the towns of Cassaignes Coustaussa and Serres. Rational culture and organic amendment throughout the vineyard. Yields exceeding 40 hl/ha allow us to obtain quality wines and very natural. Harvesting is done manually and winemaking are made with natural yeasts. The soils are clay and limestone. Surrounding vegetation included plant scrubland and pine trees, reflects the closeness of the mountains and promotes ecosystem...



Alain Cavaillès - Magrie


Alain Cavaillès

Alain Cavaillès - Magrie

Blanquette, Sparkling Wine

"Located close to Limoux, in conversion to organic farming recently, the area of Mill Alon offers a sparkling pale yellow foam persistent nose that reveals intense floral notes. Cheers, fine and balanced the mouth is just a hint of spice on the finish". Snarling rush. They remind us that the vine is a vine that clung to tree trunks. For "tame" the man put up the trellis or patiently selected varieties with an upright like our Mauzac. But the vine does not care and continues to grow its tendrils into the sky, as if to capture the zeitgeist, the essence of terroir, which he was born. What's more fragile than a nascent spin it that closed over a wire, will become the strongest links. Fragility and strength, eternal challenge of living things...


 

Domaine de Peyret - Cépie

Domaine de Peyret

Domaine de Peyret - Cépie

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Blanquette, Sparkling Wine

Welcome to Domaine de Peyret! 1531. To this date, for the first time ever, a wine began to sparkle. Since then, wine perpetuate year after year a tradition for nearly five centuries. At Domaine de Peyret, the work of Vine and Wine is a family business for six generations: we are the heirs of know-how that has been passed for over 150 years. They produce the Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rosé, Malepère and Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale Made exclusively by grape Mauzac picked by hand, this effervescent, whose quality has been recognized by a Gold Medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris, is the flagship of our range..


Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château
Rives-Blanques

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Blanquette, Sparkling Wine

It all began 3 generations ago: Omer Delmas grows 3 ha of vineyards which he has himself inherited from his father. Bernard, his son, a former cook, perpetuates and develops this familial tradition. Our familial estate is situated in the Haute Vallée Terroir, at the heart of the charming village of Antugnac. Its geographic situation with exceptional weather conditions is ideal for the production of the famous bubbles of Limoux, blanquette and crémant, that the winemakers of the Limoux area make with passion since several centuries. It is the very same passion that has allowed us to evolve with boldness and to take up the challenges of an independent production. As early as 1986, we decided to convert the totality of our vineyard into an organic agriculture, and this until today. In less than 30 years, our familial estate, driven by Bernard and Marlène and then with the help of the whole team, has seen a very important development in terms of surface of the vineyards, range of products and modernization of the production tools...


Domaine Delmas - Antugnac

Domaine Delmas

Domaine Delmas - Antugnac

Red Wine White Wine Organic Wine Blanquette, Sparkling Wine

It all began 3 generations ago: Omer Delmas grows 3 ha of vineyards which he has himself inherited from his father. Bernard, his son, a former cook, perpetuates and develops this familial tradition. Our familial estate is situated in the Haute Vallée Terroir, at the heart of the charming village of Antugnac. Its geographic situation with exceptional weather conditions is ideal for the production of the famous bubbles of Limoux, blanquette and crémant, that the winemakers of the Limoux area make with passion since several centuries. It is the very same passion that has allowed us to evolve with boldness and to take up the challenges of an independent production. As early as 1986, we decided to convert the totality of our vineyard into an organic agriculture, and this until today. In less than 30 years, our familial estate, driven by Bernard and Marlène and then with the help of the whole team, has seen a very important development in terms of surface of the vineyards, range of products and modernization of the production tools...

 
 
Other Wineries, Producers in the "Limoux" with links!

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Antech Limoux
Sieur d’Arques
Domaine Joriu
Domaine Bouché
Alain Cavaillès


 
 
Domaine Delmas
Domaine de Fourn
Domaine J.Laurens
Domaine de Martinolles

 
 
Domaine la Maurette
Domaine de Peyret
Château Rives-Blanques
Maison Salasar
 
 

 
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