Domaine J. Laurens Les Graimenous 2014
AOC Crémant de Limoux
The domain is located in the south of France, on the small village called ‘La Digne d’Aval’, less than
5 kilometres from Limoux, a stone’s throw away from the famous old city of Carcassonne, one hour
from Toulouse and two hours from Montpellier. Since the years 80, the domain elaborate only
sparkling wines in ‘’AOC’’ of Blanquette and Cremant de Limoux on 30 hectares. The estate is
completely run in organic certified training system.
They realized that protecting the landscape is very important as well as respecting the biological diversity and they always tried to minimize the treatments. For each of their vines they apply the method of reasoned agriculture by observing the vineyard every day and with the help of a professional technician they know how to use treatments only if it’s really necessary. On the other hand they choose only products that help in protecting the soil : for example they only use organic fertilizer.
60% Chardonnay, 30 % Chenin, 5 % Mauzac, and 5 % Pinot Noir
The Domaine use a pneumatic pressing to make sure the juices are clear and pure, first fermentation is starting in stainless steel vats with temperature regulators and second one in bottle stimulated by adding a blend of sweet juice and yeasts. The deposit which remains in the wine is then gradually worked down towards the neck by a turning desk. The neck of the bottle is then frozen and the deposit expelled. Before the final corking operation, a dose of ‘liqueur d’expédition’ is added to confer the style which is required: brut, dry, or medium dry wine.
To respect the AOC Limoux, rigorous rules have to be followed: fixed quotas for surfaces, yields are limited to 50 hl/hectare, grapes are harvested only by hand, uncrushed grapes, wines must then rest on their lees minimum 9 months for the Blanquette and 12 for the Cremant, respect of the variety of grapes (Mauzac, Chardonnay, Chenin et Pinot Noir only) … a very long list but it’s the origin and quality guarantee for the AOC sparkling wines from Limoux.
Garnet color, a gentle aroma of toast, vanilla and cherry. Both fleshy and crispy at the same time, with soft and rounded tannin, a balanced wine with nice hint of wood which can be appreciated right away.