Domaine J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux Sparkling Brut

Domaine J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux Sparkling Brut


Crémant de Limoux comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the South of France, just South West of the Provence area. This region has a claim on being the first to discover the process of making sparkling wine - and be designated for it under French winemaking laws - with a serendipity from a monk of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Hilaire in 1531. Here is the home of Domaine J. Laurens, which was founded by a man from the Champagne region, who brought with him some expertise of the sparkling wine craft.

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Produced with grapes harvested from vines as old as 23 years, each variety is vinified independently in stainless steel vats, in order maintain its individuality and freshness, then blended together after fermentation. The sparkling wine is aged on the lees for 12 months, giving it the signature notes of toast, brioche, and custard, while adding a rich texture to the body and creamy mouthfeel. The wine features bright acidity, citrus notes of fresh lemon zest, and white flower aromatics. The J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux Brut is a traditional blend of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc, 5% Pinot Noir, and 5% Mauzac. The Chardonnay adds robust flavor and apple elements, the Chenin brings a hint of nuttiness and a touch of toffee, and the Pinot Noir rounds out the mouthfeel, adding body. The 5% Mauzac in the blend, a grape native to the Limoux region, is known for contributing a hint of perfume aromatics and richness to the wine.

The Domaine J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux is an outstanding value, and a great wine for any occasion - fantastic with food or by itself. It shows notes of green apple and dried orange peel, with a touch of honey. The palate is bright and crisp, with a beautifully creamy texture. It was included in a New York Times article about budget bubbly some time ago, and was heralded as the best value in the bunch.

  • Region: Crémant de Limoux AOC, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • Grapes: 60% Chardonnay, 30 % Chenin, 5 % Mauzac, and 5 % Pinot Noir
  • Aging: 12 Months on Lees in the Bottle
  • Drinkability: Meant for Drinking Now, No Need to Age it
  • Body: Medium
  • Drink This if you Like: Champagne, Crémant de Bourgogne, Crémant d’Alsace
  • Press: Featured in New Times Budget Bubbly Article
  • Food Pairings: Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Cheese Plates, Fowl