Limoux wines

Limoux vineyard
Limoux vineyard
  • Wine Region : Languedoc wines.
  • AOP / AOC: Limoux ancestral method | Blanquette de Limoux | White or rosé Crémant de Limoux | Limoux red | Limoux white.
  • Vinifications: sparkling wines; still wines.
  • Main grape varieties: (Red wine) Merlot; (White wine) Chardonnay, Chenin, Mauzac; (Blanquette and ancestral methode) Mauzac; (Cremant) Chardonnay.
  • Complementary grape varieties: (Red wine) Cot, Grenache, Syrah; (Cremant) Chenin, Mauzac, Pinot noir.
  • Accessory grape varieties: (Red wine) Cabernet franc, Cabernet sauvignon; (stew) Chardonnay, Chenin.

Four terroirs

Located south of Carcassonne, the Limoux vineyard rises to the foothills of the Pyrenees. The vines thrive on stepped hills between 100 and 450 m above sea level. Bordering on the terroir of Corbieres to the east and that of Malepere to the west, the appellation occupies a middle position between oceanic and Mediterranean climate. The climatic confluence combined with strong topographic contrasts structure the vineyard in four terroirs:

  • Mediterranean terroir, which brings together the southernmost plots in the east. Placed under maritime influence and at a low altitude, they generate the earliest ripening.
  • Terroir of Autan, peripheral to the agglomeration of Limoux. Of medium altitude but surrounded by reliefs, it is distinguished by a still hot and dry micro-climate.
  • Oceanic Terroir, located on the west side on more marked reliefs. Exposed to conditions that are both humid and temperate, the harvest is later.
  • Haute Vallée terroir, where the vineyard reaches the notorious altitudes of the Pyrenean piedmont. The intermediate seasons are shorter and the terroir wetter and cooler.

Enjoying an exceptional configuration in Languedoc, the territory federates no less than 5 appellations of origin. If still wines are present there in Red wine et White wine, the vineyard owes its historical notoriety to its sparkling wines produced according to three appellations: Blanquette of Limoux, Blanquette ancestral method et Limoux Cremant.

A round of grape varieties

La stew developed according to ancestral method made grape variety Mauzac its exclusive grape variety. The Chardonnay in majority and the Chenin more discreet are also found in the vineyard. They contribute to the vinification of still white wines and other sparkling wines. The Chardonnay in particular expresses on the cool soils of the appellation a range of expressions unmatched in Languedoc. The terroir also contains Pinot Noir that the requirements of the specifications are intended only for assembly in Limoux Cremant pink. For still red wines, the Merlot must be at least 50% majority. For the rest, it coexists with oceanic and Mediterranean grape varieties: Cot, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernets. As for the Pinot noir, present in the Limoux region but rare in Occitania, it can also be appreciated in cuvées produced in IGP Pays d'Oc or in Vin de France.

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