My husband and I had a pleasantly quiet New Years Eve at home. We ordered in, watched movies and enjoyed a lovely bottle of Bordeaux before switching over to bubbly to usher in the New Year. I had picked up Saint Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut a couple of days earlier, I fancied that it was perhaps the world’s first sparkling wine and Robert Parker stated it delivers like a much higher priced non-vintage Champagne. The Saint-Hilaire Limoux vineyards are located at the bottom of the Pyrenees Mountains in Languedoc .Documentation shows that in 1531 the Benedictine Monks of Abbey Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux, France’s [and perhaps the world’s] first sparkling wine. A couple of hundred years later, the sparkling wine became a favourite of American President Thomas Jefferson, it was an integral part of his wine cellar, and he bears the honour of being the first person to bring the wine to America.
Pale yellow in colour, light aromas of golden apple and peach rose from the glass. Granny smith apple mingled with bright citrus notes in the light, fizzy body. Warm buttery toast and roasted nut elements comprised the plump, yet snappy finish. This is a lively and elegant glass, wonderful for any festive occasion.
Blend of Mauzac and Chardonnay