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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Not bad for $12: L'Église St-Martin Blanquette de Limoux Brut NV

We have firmly entered the budget sparkling wine category here at circa $12 per bottle, yet the result isn't too bad at all.  The wine, the L'Église St-Martin Blanquette de Limoux, is a sparkling wine from the Limoux region in the Languedoc and is made using the more quality oriented méthode traditionnelle.

Predominantly mauzac, the blend also sees some chardonnay and chenin blanc in the mix.  This sparkling wine is bright in the glass, lemon in colour, has a pale intensity and has medium sized bubbles with medium persistence.  Aromatically, the wine is clean, with developing notes of lemon, some autolysis notes of biscuit and yeast and some honeyed characters.  The palate is dry, with high acid, a creamy texture, and flavours of lemons, lemon rind, stones and minerals.  The length is short, and residual flavours of lemon remain in the mouth.  Overall, quality is acceptable on the grounds of the short length of the wine, and it has no particular complexity. However, it is a dry and balanced wine and I assure you that you can do far, far worse around this price point.  Acceptable

Abv: 12%
Price: $11.99
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com
Website: n/a
Tasted: 2013
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