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Blanquette de Limoux Domaines

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

To help you familiarize yourself somewhat, we have compiled this list of Minervois Domaines, Wineries and Producers in the department of Aude sorted by location. We hope you will enjoy your visits at all wineries and Domaines for a 'wine dégustation', as we did!

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale
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Red Wine = Red Wine White Wine = White Wine Blanquette, Sparkling Wine= Blanquette, Sparkling Wine
Organic Wine = Organic Wine Rosé = Rosé Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine  = Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine

Antech Limoux - Limoux
Sieur d’Arques - Limoux
Domaine Astruc - Malras
Domaine Joriu - Pieusse
Domaine Bouché - La Digne D'Aval
Domaine de Robinson - Cournanel
Alain Cavaillès - Magrie
Domaine de Castel-Nègre - Alet-les-Bains
Domaine Delmas - Antugnac
Domaine de Fourn - Pieusse
Domaine J.Laurens - La Digne D'Aval
Domaine de Martinolles - Saint-Hilaire
Domaine la Maurette - Serres
Domaine de Peyret - Cépie
Domaine Rosier - Limoux
Domaine du Grès Vaillant - Saint Polycarpe
Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie
Maison Guinot - Limoux
Maison Salasar - Campagne sur Aude
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.


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

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...

Enjoy your wine tasting ("dégustation")!

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale

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