The appellation for sparkling wines is located in the Aude département in the west of the French wine-growing region of Languedoc and is identical to the Limoux area. It was already classified as an AOC in 1938 and belongs to the second quality category "Grands Vins du Languedoc". A document from 1531 reports that a sparkling wine was produced here long before Champagne by the Benedictine monks of Saint-Hilaire Abbey. Incidentally, they were already using corks made of oak bark. The sparkling wine is produced from at least 90% Blanquette (Mauzac Bl anc), as well as possibly the varieties Chenin Bl anc and Chardonnay, by means of bottle fermentation in all degrees of sweetness.
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