CRÉMANT DE LIMOUX, Cuvée Eugénie, Maison Antech. South of France
Alcohol Percentage: 12%
Size of bottle: 75cl
Area: Limoux is just south of Carcassonne, on the western edge of rugged Corbières district and just north of the Roussillon. It's hot down there but altitude helps retain freshness in the grapes. The traditional style of the area (made even before Champagne) is called Blanquette de Limoux and relies on the local Mauzac grape. Crémant is slightly more 'classical' with Chardonnay giving a clean, cool, very elegant style.
Grape Variety: Chardonnay with a little Chenin and Mauzac, fermented cool, followed by second fermentation in bottle (as for Champagne) with 18 months on the lees.
Producer: This, one of their top bottlings, is in homage to Eugénie Limouzy, great aunt of Georges and Rogers Antech. George's daughter Francoise is now the 6th generation to be in charge of this family estate.
Old Bridge Rating: Light and lively but there's also a hint of nutty richness. Unlike many sparklers, it doesn't rely on sugar (there is only 8g/l in the final bottling) to give it charm.
£16.95 per bottle
£16.10 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£15.26 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles