Cuvee Royale Crémant de Limoux, Waitrose


How does Waitrose Crémant de Limoux compare with other fizz at similar price points?  Sparkling wines from Limoux, nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees are said to pre-date champagne. In 1990 the term Crémant was introduced for non-Champagne sparkling wines in France, an AOC for more “modern” or internationally-styled sparkling wines. AOC regulations dictate that the wine be aged for a least a year on the lees prior to disgorgement. Over 40 villages around the city of Limoux are permitted to make Crémant de Limoux. This fizz is produced in the Methode Traditionelle. The region is renowned for decent Chardonnay (reviewed here and this is the predominant grape in the blend, with the addition of a glug of Chenin Blanc and 10% Pinot Noir – which balances the acidity and adds complexity and a little length to the finish. Should you buy it? Yes – a good alternative to cava or prosecco – and half the price of champagne, this was good fizz for the money.

Tasting notes: This Chardonnay dominated fizz has fruity, floral aromas on the nose.  Clean and crisp mouthfeel. Rich, dry and biscuity sparkling wine. A little complexity and length of finish from the addition of 10% Pinot Noir. Elegant. Good value for money.

Wine Colour – White
Price – £12
Where do I get it from? Waitrose
Current Vintage – NV
Grape – 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc 10% Pinot Noir
Region/Country – Limoux/France
Points – 91
Food Pairing: Perfect as an apéritif.


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