NV Closerie des Lys Cremant de Limoux Brut AOP, Languedoc, France (750ml)

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Closerie des Lys was founded by the Collvray and Terrier families in 1997. Owners Jean-Luc Terrier and Christian Collvray have been friends since childhood and are also partners in Domaine des Deux Roches in the Mâconnais. In 1997 the two traveled to the Pyrenean foothills in search a location to start another Domaine with a different climate and terroir than that of Burgundy. They found it, deep in the foothills on the sides of two mountains, flanking a little hollow anchored by the old, forgotten village of Antugnac.

In 2013 Jean-Luc and Christian hired Mathilde Fort as their Chef du Cave. She worked for a long list of distinguished Domaines including, Didier Dagueneau, Mas Amiel, Vieux Télégraph, and Clos de Tart. Her impressive resume coupled with the fact that her family owns their own Domaine down the road, made for a perfect fit. Mathilde now runs the winery’s day-to-day operations with the help of Jean-Luc’s two sons, allowing Christian and him to split their time between the two Domaines.

The scenic, high elevation vineyards are located between 900 and 1800 feet above sea level and are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Crémant is all estate fruit: 60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc, 5% Mauzac and 5% Pinot Noir sourced from Closerie’s highest vines. The wine was aged on its lees in tank for 12 months before bottling with a dosage of 7 g/L to give body but not sweetness to the wine.

Pale yellow. Delicate aromas of Asian pear and white peach. Beautiful, frothy mousse. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of lemon and green apple, with a charming floral component. This charming crémant is the perfect summer apéritif. 400 cases produced annually.

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