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Domaine J.Laurens Blanquette de Limoux Brut

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Producer Information

J.Laurens produces both Mauzac-dominated Blanquette de Limoux and Chardonnay-based Crémant de Limoux from their 30 hectares of sustainably-farmed vineyards, slightly to the south-west of Carcassone. The domaine was established by Champenois Michel Dervin in the 1980s, and since 2002, it has been owned by the locally-born entrepreneur Jacques Calvel. He has surrounded himself with an expert team led by winemaker Henri Albrus, and he has built the domaine's current reputation for outstanding sparkling wines.

The Limoux is extremely windy: the Vent Cers from the Atlantic and the warm Vent Narin from the Mediterranean blow through the vineyards, assisting the domaine's ‘reasoned agriculture’ approach to viticulture by whisking away moisture and preventing rot.

Recognising the importance of protecting the environment and respecting biodiversity, Domaine J.Laurens has always been keen to reduce the negative effects of chemical treatments. It applies the principles of sustainable agriculture across its holdings and a qualified technician carefully observes its vineyards allowing treatments to be used only when absolutely necessary rather than systematically. When they are used, the treatments are chosen for being the least aggressive products available, e.g. using only organic fertilisers. This way the domaine hopes to contribute to the collective effort to preserve the natural environment and limit the risks of pollution.

Grapes

Mauzac Blanc, Chardonnay

Production

The Limoux is extremely windy: the Vent Cers from the Atlantic and the warm Vent Narin from the Mediterranean blow through the vineyards, assisting the ‘reasoned agriculture’ viniculture management. The soil in the area is rocky with clay, sandstone and limestone, creating a distinct terroir.

Under AOC Limoux regulations vines are hand harvested. This is produced using the méthode traditionnelle; pneumatic pressing for clear juices, an initial fermentation in stainless steel vats to control the temperature with a second fermentation in bottle. The wine then rests on lees for a minimum of nine months.

Tasting Notes

Known as ‘blanquette’ for the fine white coating which forms on its leaves, the Mauzac grape of the Blanquette appellation is the traditional variety of the Limoux, With a characteristic appley flavour it achieves naturally high acidity - essential for high quality sparkling wine. The méthode traditionnelle is said to have been discovered in Limoux and this is exceptionally good sparkling wine from the (arguably) original home of this style of fizz.

This bone-dry blanquette has a tight and finely textured mousse. It shows great typicity with apple blossoms and honey on the nose with a bright, crisp and delicately nutty palate.

A fantastic alternative to Champagne and perfect for any special meal or occasion.

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