Limoux AOC, Languedoc, France
Grown on south facing terraces in clay limestone soils around Limoux, these Chardonnay vines benefit from a slight Mediterranean influence. The result is a glass full of beautiful floral aromas with an edge of exotic fruit on the fresh and complex palate.
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Limoux is the home of sparkling wines. Historians believe that in 1531, long before corks were popping in Champagne, monks in the abbey of Saint-Hilaire near Limoux had invented the sparkling wine still made there: Blanquette de Limoux. Antech (pronounced “Anne – Tash”) has been part of this tradition since the late 19th century.
Antech has been a family winery from the start. Françoise Antech is the 6th generation of her family to run the estate and winery and is dedicated making wine worthy of their legacy. Françoise attributes her wines’ unique character to the three terroirs that influence her vineyards: the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean Sea, and that sea’s hinterland. The results are fantastic wines that balance freshness with sweet and savoury elements.
When we visited, Françoise Antech told us she wants to make wines that benefit the land, her customers, her employees and future generations, as well as her family and herself. Consequently, Antech has a wide-ranging and fully integrated policy of sustainability. So, we can rest assured that every sip of Antech's stunning cuvées is doing good!
"A medium-bodied, oak-free Chardonnay with attractive ripe exotic fruits – melon, peach and pineapple. Perfect with scallops and prawns."
Antech's vines planted on a triptych of Limoux terroirs offer freshness from the Pyrenees, vinousness from the ocean and roundness from the Mediterranean.