Wine Review: 2010 Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Languedoc-Roussillon France

Limoux has a long history for making fizzy wines, which dates back to 1531. The appellation sits high in the valley of Aude near the Pyreneese Mountains, planted to 4,300 acres and home to 41 unique communes with some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in the south of France. The vineyards are much higher in altitude than those in surrounding Languedoc-Roussillon appellations and the wines here are quite distinctive.

Most of the sparklers are of modern style using the méthode traditionnnelle process. In Champagne, they use the same process but it is known by a different name, méthode champenoisea second fermentation that happens in the bottle, later disgorged with a liqueur d’expédition which, depending on how much sugar is added will determine the style of wine.


To make sparklers from Cremant de Limoux, they blend Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Mauzac–a traditional principal grape of Limoux which produces good acidity with green apple flavors.

The 2010 Gerard Bertrand Cremant vintage is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin blanc and 10% Mauzac, which makes for a very aromatic wine with white flowers and biscuits on the nose. Fruit forward flavors of orange and hazelnuts finishes clean with crisp lime and mineral components. Considering the price point, it has a high quality to price ratio (QPR) that cannot be beat.

2010 Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Languedoc-Roussillon France

Broad culinary pairings would include regional favorites such as goat cheese, oysters, or sea bass, but apricot desserts would work equally well. Enjoy!

Rating: Very Good | $16 | 12.0% ABV

Gerard Bertrand Brut


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Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Heather December 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM - Reply

    I love Limoux! Its the best go to sparkler at a great price.

    • enobytes December 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM - Reply

      Totally agree – their are so many great sparklers at a fraction of the price of a good Champagne. Cheers!

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