Wines for Lunch on a Sunny Afternoon

by Darby
(SW France)

A Cremant de Limoux and a rose from Cote de Brulhois on a warm afternoon.


At our chateau in SW France (we don't own it, we have just borrowed it for a couple of months) we have just had a summery day after a week of rain. Time for lunch on the terrace with three new friends.

Some spicy vegetable soup, a potato omelette made with eggs from our own (well borrowed) chooks, some charcuterie and salad from local markets. Dessert was mainly local strawberries which are in abundance at the moment.

The wines. Limoux is a small appellation in the Pyrenees at the edge of the Languuedoc region. The Cremant de Limoux is a lovely sparkling white wine made predominately from the Mauzac variety but it may also have a touch of Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc. A wine that has more body than what is expected.

The rose from the Cotes de Brulhois also proved to be a wonderful drink for a warm afternoon. Dry but flavoursome it had enough varietal interest and length to accompany cold meats, duck sausage and salad. The wine was called 1808 commemorating Napoleon's declaration of the department of Tarn-et-Garonne in that year. The varieties listed on the label are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Cot, the latter being the name locals use for Malbec in SW France.

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