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Maison Antech, Limoux

6th generation winemaking

For over five centuries, Maison Antech has tamed the magical terroir of Limoux to make fine sparkling wines.

The secret of their character lies in the wise combination of Limoux's three terroirs, which form the backbone of the cuvées: freshness from the Pyrenees, vinousness from the ocean and roundness from the Mediterranean. From these terroirs Mauzac and other grapes are cultivated each bringing their own complexity and purity. This cuvee is named after Francoise, daughter of the family and part of the 6th generation, involved in the winery for over 20 years she has continued to help guide the maison cherishing its heritage but always looking to the future.

The choice of cultivation methods is decisive for the winery, region, partners, customers and future generations. They tested many approaches and gave the issue much thought before committing to integrated winemaking. The Terra Vitis approach convinced them that they can make high quality, healthy, authentic wines regardless of the vintage. Terra Vitis expresses, in Latin, the close, indissoluble bond between vine and terroir. It has become the unique national benchmark for integrated sustainable viticulture.

Made with the same method used in Champagne. The first fermentation, in the vat, and a second fermentation, in the bottle, creates the bubbles, which slowly mature on racks in the ageing cellar. At the end of the process, after disgorging, the expedition liqueur that will determine the dosage is added.