Over the holidays I had a chance to get around to drinking without working, and smoking cigars without working, but one of the things I did make sure to take notes on was the bottle of Saint Hilaire 2014 Blanquette De Limoux.
The pertinent details:
Blanquette de Limoux
Grape Blend: Mauzac, chardonnay and chenin blanc – an unusual combination for my palate but I’ll leave my impressions in a moment.
Of course, the Methode Traditionale technique was used and the wine was fermented in the bottle.
Tasting notes had this wine as very crisp, with refreshing tiny bubbles and that slight terroir taste I enjoy about French wine so much. The finish was medium with not really any buttery or creamy notes, though I tasted slight hints of oak. That may have been the cigar, though. Citrus and apple really complimented things as the wine opened up.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world. We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France’s Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century.
By 1794 Blanquette de Limoux was well known and appreciated throughout France. About that time, it was discovered by a famous American, Thomas Jefferson.
Among his other talents, the third American President was an expert on French Wines and Blanquette de Limoux, one of his favorites, was an integral part of his wine cellar. In fact, President Jefferson was probably the first person to bring the wine to America.
Today, Blanquette de Limoux has won the acclaim of knowledgeable wine enthusiasts throughout the world.