Blanquet de Limoux stakes its claim over Champagne, Cava and Prosecco as the first sparkling wine ever produced. Traditionally made from the Blanquette variety (more commonly known as Mauzac), this unique AOC is named for that grape and the town in which it was originally produced, Limoux.
Aimé Baron is crafted by the Salasar family who have been coaxing wine into secondary fermentation since 1890. Salasar is located in Campagne-sur-Aude, a medieval village at the western edge of the Aude Haute Valley. The 150 acre Domaine lies outside the town, subdivided in disconnected parcels of vines across hillsides up to 1,500 feet in altitude, while the rest of the Limoux appellation is located between 650 and 1,300 feet.
This part of France is known for its beautiful unspoiled nature. Mountainous terrain and green landscapes are scattered with impressive castles and medieval abbeys. It is also famous for its exceptional terroir which gave rise to some of the Languedoc’s most prestigious appellations: Corbières, Minervois and Limoux. The sunshine in Limoux is significant yet tempered by influences from the Mediterranean Sea and cool air currents that sweep down from the Pyrenees Mountains. These factors produce large temperature variations between day and night – perfect for white wine grapes. The geological wealth of this area can be traced back more than 70 million years. Vines stand in alluvial plains and rivers formed during the Cretaceous period. The distinctive clay, limestone and sandstone soils play a significant part in making Blanquette the delicious, unique wine that it is.
June 2022: 88 W&S