Les Hautes Terres Joséphine Crémant de Limoux NV

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Limoux, Languedoc, France
Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc & Mauzac
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites

Limoux sits in the very southern part of France, so far in fact, it is actually at fairly high altitude as the slopes raise toward the Pyrenees, so away from the baking heat of the lower-lying plains. We're sure you're aware of the excellent value for money that cremant wines present - wines made in the champagne method, but without the hefty geographical price tag. This wine is a brut nature, the driest category for sparkling wine meaning the wine has had no dosage with sugar at all. The wine is blended with other vintages aged for 9 months in barrels before going into the bottle, which gives the wine its characteristic, rich, nutty and faintly oxidative character. The fruit is still fresh pear and apple, with some deeper notes of dried stone fruit too. The wine is left on its lees in the bottle for 2 years before being disgorged, leaving the wine crystal clear but with that salty depth and complexity the technique imparts. A very classical expression.