Le Domaine La Louvière
Inseparably associated with the wolf
According to folklore, wolves gathered on the foothills of the Pyrenees in the south of France to survey the countryside and pick up the scent for the hunt. Our vineyards now flourish on one of these ancient gathering sites for wolves – La Louvière.
Klaus Grohe, having been entranced by the charm of the Malepère region, acquired the Domaine La Louvière in 1992. Aided by his four sons, he set about transforming the winery and developing La Louvière into a distinctive international brand.
The classification, grape varieties and terrain
In the eastern foothills of the Pyrenees, the region of Limoux produces quality sparkling wines. Blanquette de Limoux, Blanquette méthode ancestrale, Crémant de Limoux are sparkling wines and dominate the production around Limoux. According to legend, Blanquette de Limoux was the world’s premier sparkling wine, centuries before sparkling Champagne wines were commercialized.
It is widely believed that the Blanquette (meaning the small white) was first discovered by monks in the Abbey of Saint Hillaire, just north of Limoux, in 1531 and was one of the first wines in the Languedoc to be given AOC status in 1938. Like in Champagne, the chalky terrain around the rustic market town of Limoux is ideal for growing white wines, whilst the climate in the foothills of the Pyrenees is slightly cooler than other areas of the Languedoc and protected from Mediterranean influences.
The refreshing and rustic taste of the Blanquette owes much to the traditional Mauzac grape variety. Whilst the ancestral method insists on the exclusive use of this ancient and rare variety, modern day Blanquettes are permitted to restrict Mauzac to 90%, complementing it with Chardonnay and /or Chenin Blanc. Like Champagne, Limoux is produced using La Méthode Traditionnelle. Domaine La Louvière’s Blanquette de Limoux is made up of Mauzac and Chardonnay.
Les Perles is a lively and refreshing collection of sparkling AOP Limoux wines – ideal for all types of celebration or to accompany some delicately flavoured seafood.