“A lovely and versatile wine, the stuff Champagne doesn't want you to know about!”
—Todd Lipman, (fmr) Head Sommelier @Bistro du Midi, Wine Director for Nantucket and Newport Wine Festivals
Red berry fruits abound! Look for notes of strawberries, raspberries, and “a creamy texture—it’s not in any way heavy, but it definitely has a presence on the palate,” Lipman says. The mousse (aka bubble) is soft and minerally, veering away from the bigger, foamier bubbles sometimes found in Crémant wines. Fresh, vibrant acidity means it’s a terrific food wine paired with everything from sunset views to shellfish. “It’s a very fun sparkling wine,” Lipman says.
Cremant de Limoux is “an ode to the traditional method used in the Champagne production,” Lipman says. Read: This sparkler is made exactly the same way Champagne is made, but since it’s not from the Champagne region, it gets a different moniker—”Crémant.” Despite it’s off-brand provenance, Crémant de Limoux holds high regard in the hearts and minds of in- the-know oenophiles the world over; the Southwestern region of Limoux has a longer history of sparkling wine production that Champagne itself, and the warmer climate often lends a rich complexity lacking in the bubbles that hail from the North. In short, this is the stuff Champagne doesn’t want you to know about.
Producer: J. Laurens
Composition: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac, Pinot Noir