Crémant de Limoux Brut Cuvée Selection
If there was a contest to find the most apt wine for the current turbulent economic climate then Philippe Collin’s Crémant de Limoux Brut 'Cuvée Selection' would surely be a contender. Made from a 'Champagne' blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and bottle-fermented in the méthode traditionelle, it is a versatile crowd-pleasing fizz that belies its modest price tag.
With a light, frothy mousse, attractive biscuity nose and crisp, dry, spankingly-clean palate, this Crémant de Limoux Brut is a terrific choice for all the occasions when budgets are abridged but bubbles are beneficial, perfect for all manner of celebrations from the hamster's birthday to the decree nisi being confirmed.
Domaine Collin (Phillippe Collin)
Philippe Collin is the son of a Champenois vigneron and he moved to Limoux in 1980, planting his vineyard from scratch around the village of Tourreilles. Philippe has long been a fervent believer that Limoux provides an ideal climate for the Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Historically, Philippe has been frustrated by the appellation rules which stated that the local grape, Mauzac, must dominate Limoux sparkling AOC wines. In 1990, the appellation of Crémant de Limoux was created to include higher proportions of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc and, in 2003, Pinot Noir was finally sanctioned as a permitted grape variety.
- White Wine, Dry (Sec), Full-bodied, Sparkling
- Languedoc, Limoux
- Domaine Collin (Phillippe Collin)
- Grape variety (Cépage):
- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
- Wine pairing - drink with:
- Best drunk within 2-3 years of bottling.
- The grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness and are then pressed and fermented to produce a still wine. This base wine is then vinified in the Méthode Traditionelle to induce a secondary fermentation. The wine rests on its lees for at least 15 months before dégorgement and final bottling.
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
What others think of this wine...
Joanna Simon - House and Garden, 03/09/2015 says:Recommending a Crémant de Limoux, rather than a Prosecco, makes me feel a bit like King Canute. There seems to be no holding back the tidal wave of Prosecco flowing into the nation's bars, trolleys, fridges and glasses, but if you sometimes (or always) crave something less sweet and frothy, here is a French sparkling wine that's more like Champagne. It's made in the same way as Champagne, using the same grape varieties, and has a similar, enticing, biscuity flavour, but it's softer and rounder. Better still, it comes with a modest price tag - and, for retro fans, a quaint Seventies label.
The Wine Gang - August 2015 says:The son of a Champenois vigneron who moved to Limoux in 1980, Philippe Collin has always championed the classic Champagne varieties in his traditional method fizz rather than the local grape, Mauzac, and so here we have a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend that's full of zest for life, apples and elderflower with a nod to the biscuit richness that keeps it serious yet very easy to drink. 88/100.
Reviewed in The Independent says:Yapp has uncovered a gem that sparkles in its Domaine Collin, Crémant de Limoux Selection NV, richly yeasty and as teasingly frothy as a young champagne.
Anthony Rose, The Indepedent says:This excellent southern French sparkling wine is one of the best... It's a bottle-fermented blend of four-fifths pinot noir and a fifth chardonnay and is rich in champagne-like biscuity personality with a suitably creamy mousse and lively tang that will grace any festive occasion.