Crémant de Limoux Wine
Philippe Collin (three 'P's and three 'L's) has been adding sparkle to our lives since we first encountered him in 'Halle 5' at Montpellier's 'Vinisud' wine fair back in 2008. Perhaps we had a subliminal prognosis of the tough economic times around the corner but we were on the lookout for a fizz that met at the elusive intersection of quality and value and when we first sampled Philippe's Crémant de Limoux, we knew our quest was over.
Born and raised in Champagne country, Philippe was wary of spiralling local land prices so relocated to the Aude in 1980. Here he planted his 'Domaine Collin' vine holdings from scratch on a free-draining elevated plot 6 kilometres south-west of Limoux at Tourreilles. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he favours a 'Champagne' blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay that is bottle-fermented and disgorged at around three years of age. The finished wine has a bracing spring blossom bouquet, a zesty, citrus-edged palate, lively mousse and whistle-clean finish. Happily, it has engendered a loyal following by those who share our enthusiasm for fine fizz on a modest budget.
In response to the insatiable demand for all things a) pink, and b) sparkling, we now list Philippe's equally estimable Crémant de Limoux Brut Rosé. A coral-pink blend of 60% Chardonnay, 25% Chenin Blanc and 15% Pinot Noir it is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser with a wealth of crushed berry scents and flavours and a palate-teasing effervescence. Bring on the canapés!