The White Queen Of Limoux

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Limoux Vineyards with the Pyrenees in the background

La Butiniere ChardonnayThe “La Butinière” Chardonnay or the The Queen of Limoux white wines as the folks in Cave Anne De Joyeuse like to call her is made up exclusively of Chardonnay. The ” La Butinière” is produced from hillside vines over 20 years old.The unique conditions in Limoux, in the foothills of the Pyrenees  coupled with the vineyard cultivation, green harvesting, and low yields, mean only the best grapes are used to produce this exceptional wine. All grapes are harvested by hand, then transported in small containers, passed through the sorting table so that nothing but the very best grapes go to the press. After pressing the Juice is transferred to oak barrels for 10 to 12 months before it is bottled.

“La Butinière” Chardonnay is golden in colour with aromas of apricot, peach, grapefruit and brioche on the nose. Finely mineral in structure, it develops notes of vanilla and honey on the finish after a full palate of peach, apricot and grapefruit. Ideal as an aperitif with friends or with a number of dishes such as scallops, pan-fried prawns, chicken or prawn salads.

The ‘Original’ Limoux

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Cave Anne de Joyeuse was founded in 1929 to vinify the red wines of Limoux and the Upper Aude valley. The winegrowers, realising over time the exceptional quality of their terroir, started planting the first noble grape varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in 1972. Thus, the Cave Anne de Joyeuse became the first and most important Southern French vineyard to commit 100% to individual site selection based on terroir. It lead to the establishment of its white wines as AOC Limoux White in 1989 and its red wines as AOC Limoux Red in 2004.

The Limoux wine region is located in the eastern foothills of the Pyrénées in southern France, south of the fortified city of Carcassonne. The classified vineyards are all in the Aude département, in the general vicinity of Limoux, west of the Corbières hills. The climate is dominated by the strong winds of the region. The Mediterranean climate of the region has more Atlantic influences than other Languedoc wine regions. The soil in the area is rocky with clay, sandstone and limestone, creating distinct terroir. Despite being located at a southerly latitude, the climate is cooler and moister than in most of the wine regions in southern France. Its location in the foothills of the Pyrénées allows the vineyards to be at a higher elevation, and planted in optimal locations on hillsides.

The ‘Original’ Line showcases some of the best varietal examples produced in Limoux, two delightful reds, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Malbec, and in the white what has become the signature grape of the region Chardonnay.  The Malbec is intense purple and ruby color, blackberry and violet notes on the nose, fruity in the mouth with soft tannins and flavors of ripe black fruits, vanilla, cocoa and plum. The wine is well-balanced with a long finish. A great wine with beef, BBQ, Osso Bucco or dark chocolate.

The Cabernet is a deep red to violet-purple shade. Elegant nose with red fruits aromas. On the palate, a frank, full-bodied wine. Over a wide range of black fruit and berries flavors where the black stands out in the final.  This Cabernet Sauvignon will accompany dishes like cassoulet or spicy dishes meat dishes.

The Chardonnay is matured 50% in steel and  50% in barrels a third of which are new oak. Shiny and bright wine, pale yellow colouring.
A nose of a beautiful aromatic intensity that combines notes of white flowers and citrus. On the palate, a pleasant and clean attack. Balance and aromatic power lead us on a fresh ending with finesse. Combines perfectly with all kinds of fish (monkfish with lemon dressing or spicy piri piri) but would also fit right in as an aperitif.