Domaine de Baron'Arques Limoux Rouge 2010
In 2003 The very high-quality 2003 vintage is the first produced by Domaine de Baron'Arques. The estate is awarded the AOC Limoux rouge appellation.
In 2008 the creation of La Capitelle du Domaine de Baron'Arques, the estate's second wine, which is an immediate success. And in 2009, the creation of a fine white wine, le Chardonnay Domaine de Baron'Arques, from grapes grown on a small parcel of the estate, which is also a huge success.
While Limoux also produces both white and red wines, it is ultimately recognized as a sparkling wine zone. Blanquette de Limoux is the region’s original sparkler, which is based on Mauzac with small amounts of Chardonnay and/or Chenin Blanc. The more rustic and traditional version, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale, is an often cloudy and sweeter sparkling wine made exclusively from Mauzac.
In the 1990s, the region created the more modern, Crémant de Limoux, for international markets.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.