Crémant de Limoux: Domaine Collin 'Cuvée Sélection' Brut

Philippe Collin, the son of a Champenois, makes this bottle-fermented Crémant de Limoux sparkling wine from 'Champagne grapes' Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Limoux region. The fine mousse and clean finish of this excellent Crémant de Limoux belie its Seventies label and humble price tag.

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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 Sélection' would surely be a contender. Made from a 'Champagne' blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% 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.

About this wine
StyleWhite Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Sparkling
Wine RegionLanguedoc, Limoux
Grape Variety (Cépage)Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Food & Wine MatchingOlives
VintageNon Vintage
CellarageBest drunk within 2-3 years of bottling.
VinificationThe 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 (%)12.5

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.


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Crémant de Limoux Brut Cuvée Sélection - Yapp Brothers One Minute Review

Sandra Rose reviews the Crémant de Limoux Brut Cuvée Sélection, from Domaine Philippe Collin - a sparkling wine from a 'champagne' blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It makes an excellent aperitif, with a fresh, lively mousse and ripe apple and biscuit flavours.

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