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An award-winning sparkler from the Languedoc region in southern France, this is fresh and crisp with crunchy green apple and toasty flavours.
Really good party wine as well as ready, willing and able to match seafood or antipasti.
To enjoy this wine at its best, drink within 1 year of purchase.
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Jane MacQuitty - Weekend, The Times 05/12/2015
Of the 2013 vintage, Jane MacQuitty said: "Blanquette bubbly was first made by Benedictine monks in 1531, hence its "oldest brut in the world" claim. Limoux's chalky soil and unusual trio of grapes, mostly mauzac but with a dash of each of chenin and chardonnay, explain why this jolly, floral, grapey fizz has so much fruity party oomph."
Anthony Rose - The Independent Magazine 05/12/2015
Of the 2013 vintage, Anthony Rose said: "My own best value fizzes include Tesco's creamy, dry finest* Blanquette de Limoux 1531..."
Matthew Jukes - The Daily Mail 11/12/2015
Of the 2013 vintage, Matthew Jukes said: “Apparently, this wine is made at the oldest sparkling wine property in the world, and that’s why it says the 1531 date on the label. The Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire knew a thing or two about bubbles and they even eclipsed the Champenois! Made from Mauzac, Chardonnay (which even sees a little French oak treatment for complexity) and Chenin Blanc this is a fabulously classy fizz with a long, taut palate and a very impressive floral nose.”
Matthew Jukes - Weekend, Daily Mail 04/06/2016
Of the 2013 vintage, Matthew Jukes said: "Legend has it that this hails from the oldest sparkling wine-making property in the world, hence the 1531 date - long before the Champagne region got in on the act - on the label. And it's one of the smartest sub-tenner wines in the country."
In 1531, the Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were producing a still wine made with Mauzac, the local grape variety, and discovered the 2nd fermentation in bottle and the Blanquette de Limoux, the oldest sparkling wine in the world, was born. Mauzac, the main grape variety of Blanquette is specific to the Limoux area, locally it is known as “Blanquette”, due to a fine white down which forms on its leaves. In the local dialect Langue d'Oc Blanquette means white.
The Limoux Vineyard, has a unique micro-climate, which covers 2000 hectares, its located in the South of France in the Pyrenean foothills 20 km from Carcassonne and its famous medieval castle. Extremely strict terroir based selection; state-of-the-art vinification techniques have made Limoux wines one of the most renowned AOC wines in the world.
£54.00 per case
Equivalent to £9.00 per bottle
54 Clubcard Points