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Crémant du Limoux

‘‘ Crémant de Limoux is the only sparkling wine from the Pays Cathare, Languedoc and South of France. ’’

An AOC in the heart of the Cathar country

In the middle of the Languedoc. The Crémant de Limoux has been officially recognised as an AOC since 21 August 1990. It is one of the five AOC classifications in the Limoux appellation*. The Crémant de Limoux sells approximately 5,8 million bottles per year.
* Blanquette de Limoux, Limoux méthode ancestrale, red and white Limoux

Consult the Specifications of Crémant de Limoux.

Between the Mediterranean and the Ocean

In the country of the Crémant de Limoux, at between 200 and 400 metres in altitude, the oceanic influences help to lead to a more temperate Mediterranean climate. The appellation enjoys good levels of sunlight and well distributed rainfall throughout the year. The soil comprises chalky clay and sandy clay.

The two main grape varieties are chardonnay and chenin

The Crémant de Limoux is made using two main grape varieties, chardonnay and chenin, in a maximum proportion of 90% of the grape varieties, chinin should represent at least 10% and at most 40%. The secondary varietals – mauzac and Pinot Noir – are limited to a combined proportion of 40%. The proportion of mauzac must not exceed 20%.


Crémant de Limoux can be recognised by its pale robe with golden reflections, ultra fine bubbles, and its elegant effervescence. This is, above all, a brut which can be characterised by its nose of white flowers with subtle hints of spice and toasted bread. It should be consumed, ideally, within two years following purchase, at 6 °C to 7 °C, generally as an aperitif with small savoury snacks, or to accompany fish and white meat. Crémant de Limoux have a pale salmon colour and an aromatic bouquet of red fruits. They are ideal when served to accompany a meal.

Key figures (2018)

  • Total surface area of production : 823 ha
  • Production area : 41 villages
  • Number of producers : 15 mixers and 183 producers
  • Annual production : 40,811 hl
  • Sales : 44 % exports
  • Number of bottles sold : 5.8 million per year

The longest carnival in the world

The Limoux carnival is an integral part of the history of the town. It dates back as far as the 16th Century and is one of the most well renowned carnivals, alongside those in Venice and Rio de Janeiro. It takes place between January and March and lasts for a total of ten weeks. Each Saturday and Sunday, “bands” roll through the streets of the town to the sound of music, making Limoux the longest carnival in the world.
Event of note: “Toques et clochers” food festival during the weekend of Palm Sunday; “Vignes et terroir en fête à Limoux” [Limoux Wine Festival] in August.

Find out more

Syndicat du Cru Limoux
Marlène Tisseire, directrice
11300 Limoux
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 31 12 83
E-mail : m.tisseire@limoux-aoc.com

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