About this WINE
Maison Antech is a family-owned winery based in the Limoux appellation of Languedoc-Roussillon in the South of France. Antech is known particularly for its sparkling wines, notably for its Crémant de Limoux, the local traditional method sparkling wine.
In the early 20th century, Eugénie Limouzy became one of the first women in the Languedoc to manage a vineyard. In 1931, her niece Marguerite married Edmond Antech, whose efforts made the estate’s wine more widely and commercially known.
Edmond’s sons Georges and Roger succeeded him, maintaining their father’s winemaking philosophy and preserving the estate’s history while introducing new technology. The brothers created new storehouses and modernised the winery. Georges devoted his professional life to developing Antech’s sales and marketing, while Roger enthusiastically took on the technical aspects of running the vineyard.
Since 1995, Georges’s daughter Françoise has dedicated her energy to the family property. She was joined in 2020 by her son Baptiste, representing the seventh generation of the Antech family here.
Cremant de Limoux
The Limoux wine region is located in the eastern foothills of the Pyrénées in southern France, south of the city of Carcassonne.
The appellation of Crémant de Limoux was introduced in 1990 to allow a higher percentage of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay in the traditional blend of Limoux sparkling wines (represented in the appellation of Blanquette de Limoux, which required a minimum of 90 percent Mauzac grape in the blend’s composition).
Crémant de Limoux contains 40 to 70 percent Chardonnay, 20 to 40 percent Chenin Blanc, 10 to 20 percent Mauzac and up to ten percent Pinot Noir. AOC regulations require that the wine is aged for a least a year on the lees prior to disgorgement.
Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.
Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.
It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.
Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.