Domaine les Hautes Terres is stuated in the heart of the pretty village of Roquetaillade near Limoux in the Roussillon, and is run by Genevieve and Gilles Azam who started the business over 15 years ago with just 1 hectare of Chenin Blanc vines. Today there are 8 hectares, all situated 400 metres above sea level. Everything is run strictly along organic lines, harvesting is carried out manually, yields are very low and very little sulphur is used in the cellar. A range of whites and reds are made, plus this exceptional Cremant de Limoux, made from 70% Chardonnay, 25% Chenin and 5% Mauzac. Aged for 9 months in oak, the bottles are then stored ‘sur latte’ (on their sides) for a further 2 years before release. There is no dosage making this a crisp and fresh sparkler; a rival to many good Champagnes.
A delightful golden straw in colour. On the nose, notes of pear, apple, dried fruits and citrus. On the palate, dry and elegant with fine bubbles and a pronounced acidity, leading to a short yet intense finish. Great aperitif. Try also with smoked salmon and asparagus mousse, sea bass with herb stuffing or tarte aux raisins.