Limoux is an appellation of southern France’s Languedoc region. In an area that’s primarily focused on the production of red wine, Limoux is considered somewhat of a “sparkling wine oasis.” Here, bubbles are crafted using the methode traditionelle or methode champenoise (aka the traditional Champagne method), but this Antech-Limoux Cuvée Brut Nature is an interesting take on that sparkling wine tradition, blending together a few non-traditional varietals…
About the Wine: The Antech-Limoux Blanquette de Limoux Cuvée Brut Nature is made from 90% Mauzac, 5% Chenin Blanc and 5% Chardonnay grapes harvested from Limoux — a subregion of the well known Languedoc. This sparkling wine was made in the methode traditionelle or methode champenoise, without any final stage of dosage. (Read more about the traditional Champagne-style of sparkling wine making: Pop the Cork on Sparkling Wine.)
Flavor Profile: Aromas float straight out of the Antech-Limoux Cuvée Brut Nature bottle, singing scents of freshly fermented yeast of straight-out-of-the-oven bread along with a light background of crisp, yellow apples.
In the glass, the brut is a very pale straw yellow — honestly, it’s nearly clear upon first look, yet has the slightest yellow tint as if the sun is reflecting off of a clean window pane. This sparkling wine is so aromatic, releasing scents immediately as you pour: fresh baked white bread, apple, baking spices, hints of honey, and that light stink of sun-burnt citrus fruits.
The palate of the Antech-Limoux Cuvée Brut Nature is quite light in body with flavors of toasted brioche, crisp apples and pears, flower petals, and just a hint of citrus. The brut has a medium-high acidity that keeps the taste fully alive from beginning to end. The finish provides just a light texture on the tongue, reminiscent of nut skins.
More Info: I received the Antech-Limoux Cuvée Brut Nature as a sample for review. (Cheers Megan!) Retail: between $15 and $25 (depending on local retailer). For more information about Antech-Limoux, their wines, and to find out how to purchase wine directly, please visit the Antech-Limoux website.
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