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Limoux wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Limoux is a wine appellation in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France lying immediately south of Carcassonne. It was established in February 1959 for the production of still white and red wines but the production of sparkling wines here goes back to 1938.
This area is best known for its exciting sparkling 'cremant' wines but there is an appellation AC Limoux for still white and wines as well as a sparkling 'Blanquette' wine. White wines are made from the permitted grape varieties which are Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. While Chardonnay is very popular in this appellation, Mauzac must comprise at least 15% of the blend.
It is more complicated for red wines. The permitted varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec (Cot), Syrah. Merlot must comprise at least 50% of the blend and together Grenache, Malbec and Syrah must comprise 30% of the blend. The use of Carignan was phased out in 2010.
In addition to these restrictions, the blend must contain at least three grape varieties but the two principal varieties must not exceed 90% of the blend.
Blanquette de Limoux is made from a blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and the local Mauzac. Mauzac must be at least 90% of the blend.
If the wine is produced using the traditional méthode ancestrale technique then only Mauzac is permitted.
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