A blend of Mauzac (“Mo-zock,”) the historical regional grape, with Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, this Limoux sparkler foams up briefly, then falls back to a slight but persistent bubble stream. It shows a very light brass color, pale straw with a greenish hue. Its light, fresh-fruit aroma suggests a mix of delicate fruit and scents, hints of tangerine peel and kiwi fruit with a breath of acacia flower, an aroma reminiscent of wool. Creamy carbonation and fresh, brisk acidity come together on the palate, opening to citrus and floral notes that mirror the nose as the wine warms in the glass. U.S. importer: Jack Poust & Company Inc., NYC. (Nov. 22, 2016)
FOOD MATCH: Like Champagne, this bubbly wine goes with just about everything. We enjoyed it with a light dinner salad with a soft vinaigrette and dabs of mild Capriole goat cheese, and hot dinner rolls with butter.
WHEN TO DRINK: There’s no rush, but I’d drink this bubbly within a few years of the vintage, while it’s fresh.
My local price is pretty close to the $14 average U.S. retail listed by Wine-Searcher.com. It’s an excellent value in the middle teens, and I’d consider buying it as a Champagne alternative up to $20 or so.
Here’s a link to the importer’s fact sheet on both this Brut and Saint-Hilaire’s “Semi-Sweet” bubbly.
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