Sieur d'Arques Première Bulle Premium Brut 2009, Crémant de Limoux AOC
Tasted October 2012
Grapes - Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac
Appearance - clear and very bright pale lemon color with just a small amount of very fine bubbles visible. Almost no tears.
Nose - clean, developing aromas of medium intensity that resemble lots of ripe green apple notes, some citric notes, mainly lime, white flowers, a hint of toasted brioche and slight sea salt notes.
Palate - dry and high in acidity, which is mouthwatering towards the end, shows a slightly aggressive mousse, a medium body and alcohol level. Aromas have medium plus intensity, very noticeable the green fruit notes of ripe apples, more citric charater evident, a sweetish lime juice, stony minerals and nice brioche notes. A nice medium plus length with fresh chalky and salty notes.
Conclusions (16,75/20) - Very good quality sparkler, its dry character is well balanced with nice fruit weight. Not very complex but has fresh acidity prolonging the aftertaste that's fairly savoury. Mousse is a bit aggressive making it a little tough to drink by its own, but it stands lively and fresh and the lees ageing is giving a nice rounded mid palate. Ready to drink, but I see some ageing potential, it surely has enough fruit and acidity to do so. Good value. Should work fine by pairing with various hors d'oeuvres.