2016 Michel Olivier Tete de Cuvee, Methode Traditionnelle, Cremant de Limoux, France

2016 Michel Olivier Tete de Cuvee, Methode Traditionnelle, Cremant de Limoux, France

$18.95

Description

Contrary to what most people believe, Limoux in southwestern France, is actually where the dual fermentation process of producing sparkling wine in the bottle was founded, not Champagne.  Thus La Blanquette de Limoux is undoubtedly the oldest sparkling wine in the world.  In 1531 the monks of St. Hilaire produced Blanquette de Limoux.  The vineyards of Limoux are situated in the far western corner of the Languedoc on elevated land varying in altitude between 200 and 600 meters.  This elevation helps to temper the effects of the very hot summer days, along with the Mediterranean’s cooling influence and the close proximity to the Pyrenees in the east.   The primary grape varietal of the region is the Mauzac (locally known as Blanquette), followed by Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Crisp, fresh, frothy and foamy bubbles.  Citrus, pineapple and apple with a little toasty marshmallow-vanilla.  Perfect for celebrations from a formal toast to a casual brunch, or sashimi dinner.

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