Wine of the Week: Cremant de Limoux from Domaine Collin

Collin Cremant

My wine of the week this time around is a Cremant de Limoux, another sparkler that I think is worthy of note. I tried this brut version at a restaurant in Philadelphia, Petruce, a great  place for an eclectic meal and funky wines

Petruce

The wine hails from the Domaine du Collin. Cremant de Limoux can be made from a combination of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Mauzac and Pinot Noir. It is said that the first sparkling wine actually came from this region, produced in 1531, by the monks at the abbey in Saint-Hiliaire. Domaine Collin is owned by Philippe & Marie-Hélène Collin. It was established in 1980. They have 18 hectares with clay-limestone and gravel soils, perfect for sparkling wine. Philippe comes from Champagne but decided to try his luck in  Limoux, the coolest area in the Languedoc. The wine is produced in a traditional method with a second fermentation taking place in the bottle. The wine was elegant and balanced with bright acidity, rich toasty notes and floral components. A lovely sparkler that retails for under $20.

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