Domaine J. Laurens “le Moulin” Blanquette de Limoux Brut ($14.99)

Domaine J. LaurensA blend of 90% Mauzac with Chardonnay, this is a clear, light straw-color sparkling wine, with a foamy mousse that falls back to leave multiple streams of lasting bubbles. Simple, pleasantly earthy note behind light scents of pears and green apples. Effervescent prickliness and tart acidity dominate a palate impression backed by simple white fruit and a touch of chalky minerality. The label claims a relatively gentle 12 percent alcohol by volume. It seems simple at first, but gains intriguing notes of Champagne-like “cocoa” and “biscuit” as it warms in the glass. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio; a écoltant Wines selection. (Nov. 20, 2016)

FOOD MATCH: Good anywhere an acidic white wine would go. It seems a particularly good companion with white-fleshed fish, shrimp, oysters or clams.

WHEN TO DRINK: It’s non-vintage, but probably best not held for long-term aging. There’s no open or coded bottling date, so check with a trustworthy retailer if you’re in doubt.

My local price is a few bucks above the $12 U.S. retail shown on Even at the mid-teens, it’s a good value at a price substantially below the cheapest Champagne..

The estimable Jancis Robinson has a good article about Limoux’ little bargains, including a mention of J. Laurens and some of his wines.

Unfortunately, lists only a few European vendors for Domaine J. Laurens “le Moulin” Blanquette de Limoux Brut.

For a wider selection of Blanquette de Limoux and some information about the region and its wines, see this link.

You might also try checking in with U.S. importer Vintner Select to ask where the wine can be found at retail.

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