Blanquette

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Blanquette was first produced in 1531 by the Monks of St. Hilaire perhaps more than 150 years before the Champagne Region produced their bubbles! It was these Monks who first tied the corks to the bottles. Producers of the Blanquette Ancestrale still follow tradition and bottle at the time of the full moon in March ready for the warmer weather to start the secondary fermentation that produces les bulles (the bubbles) the fabulous sparkle within the bottles. View of St Hilaire Abbey It is of no coincidence that another Monk, Dom Perignon (1638 -1715) spent time in the Limoux area before returning to the Champagne region, where the process methode champenoise was fully developed and recorded many years later (c.1668-1690). ll the grapes for Blanquette have to be harvested by hand into small boxes to prevent bruising, and the regulations also limit the yield to ensure a quality product. Growers who can produce and market Blanquette are limited to a set area of 41 villages around the 2000 year old town Read more »

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  • Saint-Hilaire Brut Blanquette de Limoux 2016

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    Binny's 12/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Saint-Hilaire Brut Blanquette de Limoux 2015

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    Binny's 1/31/2018. 2015 vintage shows no drop off, maybe even better. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Calmel et Joseph Blanquette de Limoux Brut NV

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    Although the Limoux region of Languedoc is riding on the legend that all sparklers originate here - including, of course, Champagne - it is a worthy wine in its own right; the Calmel et Joseph has excellent mousse which is long-lasting, with a nose of almond and pear; green apple peels linger on the palate for a satisfying finish. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2013

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    Binny's 5/2016. Why oh why, did I give the second bottle of this sparkler to the neighbors as a Thanksgiving gift? Going for more Limoux sparklers on my next wine buying trip. Just very very tasty. Off to a great Thanksgiving day 2016.Purchased one more at Binny's, 12/2016 & again on 3/2017. Wonderful start to the 2017 Thanksgiving afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    I recently found this Cremant de Limoux for sale at my local supermarket. They ... ... started buying sparkling Blanquette de Limoux after retiring to Monticello because he could no longer afford the true Champaign that he preferred according to John Hailman in his book "Thomas Jefferson on Wine Read More

    Wine review by D9sus 4


  • I have a theory. Easy to pronounce and easy to remember names help drive wine ... the world over and whilst Blanquette de Limoux has been sitting quietly in our wine shops for years, it’s Cremant de Limoux that I’m tipping for sparkling stardom. Limoux Chardonnay (non bubbly) is also my hot tip. “Where’s Limoux?”, I hear you say. It’s in the L... Read More

    From the article The Languedoc's Sparkling Wine Secrets, Revealed


  • New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and sparkling wines are on our minds. ... minds. ... the Loire, and Blanquette de Limoux from Languedoc. All of these are made using the Champenoise method (meaning “Champagne method”, wherein the last stage of fermentation takes place in bottle.)  But there exists a spectacular alternative that’s totally un... Read More

    From the article Dare to be Different: Portuguese Sparkling Wine for New Year's


  • Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Semi Sweet 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Château Rives-Blanques Blanquette de Limoux 2001

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    Brut Read More

    Wine review by mark


  •    I just posted almost all of my notes on Bordeaux 2012 on my ... a good enough match for the Blanquette de Veau... Far better was the Domaine de Chevalier 1982 red, coming from a 75 format, and which looked and certainly tasted more youthful, riper and even more tannic, with a more interestingly complex nose and excellent palate presence. Be... Read More

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