The outpost of the Languedoc Wine Region

The AOC Limoux is located in Aude, 25 km south of Carcassonne, between Aquitaine, Piedmont Pyrénéen, and Languedoc, along the upper valley of the Aude between the plateaus of Chalabrais and Lacamp, in Languedoc-Roussillon wine area, Southern France.

The terroir covers 41 municipalities with a total surface area of ​​14.20 square kilometers, for a total production of around 7,500,000 liters of still wines and sparkling wines each year, averagely.

Surprising Enclave Within the Languedoc

The soils of this AOC are composed of light and stony clay and limestone soils. The natural protection, which surrounds the appellation area on three sides, limits maritime influences and climates between the ocean and the Mediterranean. The AOC Limoux produces white wines from three grape varieties, alone or assembled, and then aged in oak barrels: Mauzac, Chardonnay, and Chenin. These grape varieties are also part of the three famous sparkling white wines from Limoux and the distinct AOCs: Blanquette ancestral method, Blanquette-de-Limoux, and Crémant-de-Limoux.

Enjoyed All Over World

If the Chardonnay is more present, the white Limoux develops candied citrus, vanilla, and grilled hazelnut notes. If the grape variety favors Chenin, the wine tends to floral notes and aromas of plum or peach, with a beautiful minerality. The mauzac brings specific aromas of green apple and pear.

AOC Limoux also exists in red but covers only 75 hectares of the vineyard. Merlot must predominate (at least 50%) and be blended with Cot, Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This wine of character is marked by notes of prune, leather, and scrubland, with licorice accents.

 


Explore Wineries in Limoux


A part of the important features of Limoux appellation for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay, limestone.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Notes of candied citrus, vanilla, and grilled hazelnut or floral notes and aromas of plum or peach, with a beautiful minerality or even green apple and pear.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

 

A part of the important features of Limoux appellation for sparkling white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay, limestone.
  • Grape varieties: Mauzac, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay.
  • Taste: Hazelnut notes.
  • Wine color: White (sparkling).
  • Aromas: Green apple and pear.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 11° C

 

A part of the important features of Limoux appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay, limestone.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Notes of prune, leather, and scrub land, with liquor ice accents.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 20 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

Discover Wine Tastings and Tours in Limoux


 

Region Highlights

Surface: About 14.2 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Limoux
Grapes: Mauzac, Chardonnay, Chenin, Merlot, Cot, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Languedoc-Roussillon wine region

Travel Guide to Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Region Languedoc-Roussillon is the largest wine region located on the western Mediterranean coast of France and It is famous for long hours …

Read more →