Champagne may be the best known bubbly in the world but it’s not the only decent sparkling wine to come out of France and nor is it the oldest.
That honour goes to Limoux where monks began making sparkling wines as early as 1531, more than a century before Dom Perignon famously perfected the art in Champagne. Indeed, it’s thought that Dom Perignon learnt the method from the monks at Saint Hilaire Abbey in Limoux.
So if you’re looking for a great value alternative to Champagne, Crémant de Limoux is worth seeking out and they don’t come better than Aimery Brut...
■ Like Champagne, Aimery Crémant de Limoux Brut is made in the traditional method, where the second fermentation takes place slowly in bottle. It’s a costly, labour-intensive process but the rich, toasty flavours make it well worth it.
■ It’s made predominantly from the classic Champagne grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a touch of Chenin Blanc adding a fresh, floral lift.
■ All the fruit is hand-harvested to ensure only the best grapes are used.
■ Aged on its lees for 18 months, (3 months longer than the minimum for Champagne), it has a beautiful smooth, creamy texture.
■ At only £13.99 per bottle, it offers a taste of Champagne at less than half the price!
Order a 6-bottle case of Aimery Crémant de Limoux Brut during June and you’ll not only save £12 on the normal price but you’ll also receive a free pair of Dartington Crystal Champagne flutes normally £14.99.
Deliciously fresh and creamy with citrus, floral notes and a touch of rich, biscuity complexity. With a soft, delicate mousse and a long, lingering finish, it makes a terrific aperitif.