Sieur d’Arques Grand Cuvée 1531 de Aimery Crémant de Limoux NV

While unfair to generalise based on only two wines from two different producers, it seemed somewhat ironic that I preferred a Blanquette de Limoux (a traditional product) to this Crémant de Limoux.  The Crémant blend is meant to be the more internationally appealing one.  I understand that the producer is a cooperative in the village of Limoux, and that the blend here is principally from chardonnay and chenin blanc.  As with all Crémant wines in France, the traditional method is used.

Lemon in colour, medium sized and persistent bubbles are apparent in the glass.  Aromatically, the wine speaks of apples, bread, lemon sherbet and honey.  The palate is dry, acid high, the mousse a bit aggressive, and flavours of minerals and honey to the fore, with short length.  The quality of this wine is acceptable on the basis of its balanced expression.  It’s hard to expect too much more for $14.99.  Acceptable

Abv: 12%
Price: $14.99
Vendors: Check
Tasted: 2013
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