You could say the area around Limoux sparkles. It claims to be the birthplace of sparkling wine and three different types are produced here.
Up first is the Blanquette de Limoux, made primarily from the local mauzac grape. The AOC requires that the blanquette must contain at least 90% mauzac, and then may be blended with chenin blanc or chardonaay.
Next up, the Crémant de Limoux. The crémant contains at least 90% of both chenin blanc and chardonnay. Mauzac and pinot noir can be added to this blend.
And finally the Limoux Méthode Ancestrale. This, as the title implies, is made with 100% mauzac that must all be harvested by hand.
And, to accompany the tastings be sure to try another local specialty, Pébradous de Limoux. These small, twisted, golden, cake-like cookies seasoned with a pop of pepper make a perfect counter-point to the sparkling wines. We found ours at the local bakery, Pujola-Serrat on rue des Augustins. ~DF