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. 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.
Two exclusively white grape
varieties: Mauzac and Chardonnay form the basis of the blend for
Blanquette de Limoux. Mauzac, the growth's traditional variety,
gives body and aroma. Chardonnay, its irreplaceable partner,
reinforces the bouquet, the freshness and the finesse.The result is
a dry, creamy-textured, full-bodied wine with a fine yeasty
character present in the aroma. Subtly fruity, with toasty green
apple and lemon flavors. Tastes very clean yet with a long full
A.O.C. Blanquette de
Bottle-fermented blend of 80%
Mauzac & 20% Chardonnay
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A big hit!
From Jeannine of Gary, Indiana on .
I brought a bottle of this wine to a bridal shower recently and my only regret is that I didn't bring a case! Everybody who had it loved it and the bottle was emptied within five minutes. Several people asked where they could get it and I sure hope they ordered some, because I want to go to a party with my friends and drink more of this fantastic bubbly creation.