Walking through the verdant valleys and hillsides that are home limouxines big names, one understands immediately that serves as an exception Limoux in the Languedoc. At the western end of the region, at the foot of the Pyrenees, near the watershed line, the vines climb the hillsides up to 450 meters. From a climate perspective, Limoux is located in a Mediterranean and oceanic confluence zone and enjoying a good sunshine and well distributed rainfall throughout the year.
4 major Terroirs up the name:
– Terroir d’Autan
– Terroir Oceanic
– Terroir Méditerranéen
– Terroir High Valley
It is therefore natural that Limoux excels in the production of white, red and sparkling.
Blanquette de Limoux originated in 1531 in the cellars of the Benedictine abbey of Saint Hilaire, when a monk discovered that the wine he had bottled and carefully sealed with cork bubbles formed as s it began a new fermentation. The first crude in the world was born in the Limoux vineyard, in this magnificent abbey that pits her blonde stone vertical and horizontal to the perfect geometry of the rows of vines. Historians have found the texts of the time already mentioning “the flascons Blanquette” from Saint-Hilaire.
From the XVII century, our neighbors across the Channel succumbed to the charm of sparkling. The English author George Farquhar wrote “gross sparkles like good words of a man of wit.”