Grape: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir
Variety: Sparkling Wine
Appellation: AOP Limoux
Varieties: 60 % Chardonnay, 30 % Chenin, et 10% Pinot Noir
Ageing 15 months in bottle
The vines are planted to the west of Limoux at 200-300 metres, where the average rainfall is 800 mm/year. The climate is humid and temperate, with westerly winds and periods of warm weather. The grapes ripen later here than in the Mediterranean and Autun areas.VinificationTraditional method. The grapes are hand-harvested and transported to the winery in small crates, where they are pressed and processed in temperature-controlled tanks at 15°C, following standard white wine-making methods. Wines from several tanks are carefully blended together and cultured yeasts are added the result, which is then bottled. The secondary fermentation starts and bubbles of carbonic gas form within the bottle. After leaving the wine to rest on its lees for 15 months, the final stage consists of turning the bottle upside down so that the sediment sinks down into the neck, ready to be disgorged after freezing. As this operation entails the loss of a small amount of liquid, the bottle is topped up with still wine and “liqueur d'expédition” (a mixture of wine and sugar) before being sealed with a cork.
Tasting Note:Lovely silky mousse, fine, tightly-packed bubbles. The wine displays tints of pale yellow. Nice green apple and citrus character on the nose, which is very fine, harmonious and enticing. Straightforward and elegant on the palate with delicate, vineyard peach-like fruity notes. This sparkling wine possesses serious, vinous qualities. Very suitable for aperitif drinking, it can also be a wonderful match with food. Nice length on the palate with a well-balanced finish. Lovely 2013 vintage from superb Chardonnay grapes.