2004 Antech Brut Blanquette de Limoux Grande Réserve

Y’all should know by now that I’m a fan of anything tasty and bubbly. Thanks to the folks at Kitsilano Wine Cellars, I’ve gotten hooked on the Znovin Classic. Recently Matt introduced me to this wine.

The winery has been making Blanquette, the original French bubbly for over 500 years, which predates Dom Perignon’s “discovery” of Champagne by over 150 years. The family’s vineyards are on the slopes surrounding the town of Limoux, near the Mediterranean Sea.

OK, can I just say that this wine is amazing for the money? It’s a blend of Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. What it adds up to is sip after sip of crisp honeyed pear and mineral-laced goodness. Its crisp-ness would make it a great pairing for many foods, from seafood (salmon) to Thai or as an aperitif.

It’s more complex than the Znovin… more so than the extra $6 would imply. That’s not to say that the Znovin isn’t a great value. It just speaks volumes as to what a find this wine is. It’s actually tastier than some Champagnes I’ve had recently – at less than half the price.

Wow, tasty.

$23 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars