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Saint Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux
The famous story of Blanquette de Limoux dates back to 1531 when the monks of the Abbey of Saint Hilaire in the Languedoc made the world’s very first sparkling wine. Four centuries later a handful of local winemakers banded together to create their own enterprise, the Sieur d’Arques cooperative, which is dedicated to producing top quality sparkling wines as well as still red and white wines made with traditional local grape varieties.
Their classic Blanquette de Limoux is made using Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and the little-known aromatic Mauzac grape which is indigenous to the region and must be used in all Blanquette wines. Sieur d’Arques vinifies each of the varieties separately before deciding on the exact composition of the blend. The wine is then bottled and a second fermentation takes place inside the bottle to create the bubbles in the wine. After nine months this process is complete and the bottles are disgorged and released to the market.
The result is a refreshing dry sparkling wine with delicate aromas of apples, white peaches, flowers and freshly-cut grass. On the palate the bubbles are fine and soft and the rich fruity flavours are balanced by a crisp acidity that invites you to take another sip. It’s a perfect wine to drink on a hot summer’s day as an aperitif or to serve alongside creamy dishes like a gorgonzola risotto or elegant tarte tatin.
Antech Cuvee Eugenie Cremant de Limoux 2018
The Limoux region has been producing sparkling wines since 1544, long before Dom Perignon’s legendary discovery of the traditional method for making Champagne at the end of the 18th century. This elegant Cremant de Limoux is made by the Antech family who have been crafting spectacular sparkling wines here for six generations.
Composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac, the graceful Cuvee Eugenie Cremant is a vintage sparkling wine made as an hommage to Eugénie Limouzy. This noble lady was the great-aunt of brothers Georges and Roger who currently run the winery along with Georges’ talented winemaker daughter, Francoise.
Produced using the traditional method which is also used to make Champagne, the Cuvee Eugenie Cremant spends 12 months maturing on the lees which adds a charming toasty character. The result is a precise sparkling wine which exudes crisp lemon aromas and and mouthwatering acidity balanced by rich nutty and pastry flavours. There is a very gentle hint of sweetness thanks to the dosage of 8 grams per litre. The mousse is fine and persistent and the finish clean and pure, making this an ideal aperitif or partner for fish, light salads and chicken served in a creamy sauce.
Allimant Laugner Cremant d'Alsace Rose
Domaine Allimant-Laugner was born out of the marriage of Mariette Allimant and René Laugner in 1965 which joined together two of Alsace’s top winemaking families. The estate boasts 12 hectares of prime vineyards and is currently run by three generations of the Allimant-Laugner family who have been making wine for at least 11 generations.
The family’s Cremant d’Alsace Rosé is a style which is growing in popularity and it’s made using the traditional method which is the same winemaking approach used for Champagne. The Pinot Noir grapes are gently pressed after a short maceration to create the gorgeous pale pink colour and the must is then fermented twice. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottle and the wine is aged on the lees to add extra complexity and body.
As soon as you pour yourself a glass you’ll notice the delicate stream of tiny bubbles and inviting aromas of fresh strawberries, cherries and white flowers. The first sip reveals a bright acidity, smooth mousse from the bubbles, and enticing red berry flavours with a very clean and pure finish. The vibrant character of this Cremant makes it ideal as an aperitif or served alongside spicy Asian cuisine or fresh seafood.
Sieur d'Arques Premiere Bulle Brut
Sparkling wines have been made in this corner of the Languedoc close to the foothills of the Pyrenees ever since 1531 when monks at the nearby Abbey of Saint Hilaire created the very first sparkling wine in the world. Today one of the region’s most respected producers is the Sieur d’Arques cooperative which was founded in 1946 by several passionate local winemakers.
As is traditional for sparkling wines from the Limoux, this dry bubbly has a base of Chardonnay grapes sourced from the cooperative’s exceptional calcareous vineyards which add a certain finesse and delicacy to the wine. They also add a smaller amount of Chenin Blanc as well as a dash of the little-known indigenous Mauzac grape to add an aromatic character to the blend.
Just like Champagne, this sparkling wine is made using the traditional method whereby the wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle with the yeast. The wine is then left to enjoy an extended beauty sleep of 18 months to add a generous, rounded texture and subtle notes of toast, nuts and brioche to the wine. This helps to create an elegant sparkling wine which is ideal for celebrating special occasions or simply enjoying alongside a simple summer salad.
Grande Cuvee 1531 Cremant de Limoux Rose Brut
The Sieur d’Arques cooperative was created in 1946 by a group of local winemakers who wanted to pool their expertise and resources to create the best possible wines from their exceptional vines. Their Grand Cuvee 1531 is named after the famous year when the monks of the nearby Abbey of Saint Hilaire transformed the region’s winemaking traditions by making the world’s very first sparkling wine in their cellars.
Today the cooperative focuses on producing delicious sparkling and still red and white wines using local grape varieties. This Grand Cuvee Cremant de Limoux is a dry rosé sparkling wine which is made from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc as well as a touch of Pinot Noir to give the gorgeous subtle pink hue.
Enticing aromas of crushed raspberries, strawberries and ripe peaches characterise the nose, while the palate offers a refreshing acidity, smooth bubbles and delicious berry flavours. Cremant de Limoux is made according to the traditional method which is the same process used for making Champagne. After a first fermentation the wine is bottled and a second fermentation takes place in the bottle to create the bubbles. The wine is then aged for 12 months in the bottle with the yeast cells which helps to give a well-rounded texture and delicious hints of pastry and toasted nuts.
Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore Cremant de Bourgogne Rose
This charming sparkling wine is a unique Crémant de Bourgogne thanks to the delicate pink hue which comes from the blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay grapes. Ideal for drinking as an aperitif or in a relaxed setting with friends, this delicious bubly offers attractive aromas of redcurrants, raspberries and aromatic white flowers. The first sip reveals a smooth mousse, vibrant freshness and seductive ripe red berry flavours which make it an excellent partner for cheeses, charcuterie, or light salads.
To create the attractive pale rosy hue, the grapes are carefully macerated for a short time to gain a small amount of colour from the skins. The fruit is then pressed with each varietal being handled separately until the final blending phase. The grape must is then fermented according to the traditional method which is exactly the same winemaking process used for Crémant de Bourgogne’s more famous cousin, Champagne. The sparkling wine is then aged for 12 months to preserve freshness while adding extra complexity and structure.
Louis Bouillot is one of the top producers of Cremant de Bourgogne and the estate has been producing these elegant sparkling wines since 1877. Today the estate combines their heritage and generations of winemaking experience with modern techniques and equipment which allow them to produce stunning examples of these traditional sparkling wines.