The appellation for sparkling wines is in the department Aude in the west of the French wine region Languedoc and is identical to the range Limoux, It was classified as an AOC in 1938 and belongs to the second quality category "Grands Vins du Languedoc". A document from 1531 reports that it was here long before champagne of the Benedictine monks the Saint Hilaire Abbey a sparkling wine was produced. Incidentally, these already used cork made of oak bark. The sparkling wine at least 90% Blanquette ( Mauzac Blanc ), and, if applicable, the varieties Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay by means of bottle fermentation produced in all degrees of sweetness.
The Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale variant applies to a sparkling wine that is produced in small quantities using the "old method" from 100% Blanquette (Mauzac Blanc). The sparkling wine mentioned in 1531 was probably produced in this way. The young wine, which has not yet fully fermented, is bottled and fermented there (it is not a second one) bottle fermentation ). The lovely wine is less foamy and somewhat cloudy because the residues remain in the bottle. Another AOC for sparkling wine is Crémant de Limoux, The AOC Limoux applies to Still wines, Well-known producers are Antech, Domaine de Froin, Guinot, Domaine Laffond, Robert and Sieur d'Arques.