Located in the Pyrenean foothills, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Mediterranean climate influences, the Limoux wine region is one of great richness and diversity.
The Sieur d'Arques winemakers and wine growers have understood this. Pioneers in the identification and selection of the finest vineyard plots, they have been taking a qualitative and innovative approach for over thirty years; They have highlighted 4 great terroirs and selected only plots for which the microclimate, soil, topography and altitude are suitable for the production of ripe, healthy grapes.
The Mediterranean influence in the east, along with the temperate climate due to the oceanic influence in the west, ensures that the region receives the perfect amount of sunshine and rainfall distributed throughout the year. The result is a converging climate in the centre of the appellation with a cooler climate dominating in the south as you approach the Pyrenean mountains. Added to this, you have a mainly clay-limestone soil and vineyard parcels lying at between 200 to 500 metres above sea level.
This all gives us the profile of a land full of promise for “author wines”. The Vignerons du Sieur d’Arques is able to make the most of this diversity over its 1,804 hectares of vineyards.
gravel on sandstone bedrock
|Climate||Very hot and dry
Annual rainfall 550 mm
|Hot and dry
Annual rainfall 570mm
|Cooler and wetter
Annual rainfall 850 mm
|Cool and quite humid
Annual rainfall 800 mm
|Good drainage||Average reserve||Large reserve||Good reserve|
|Harvest||Early||Early||+ 1 week / Medit.||Late
+ 2-3 weeks / Medit.
Each grape variety brings its own qualities and contributes to the unique character of our wines. The iconic grape varieties that create the signature style of our sparkling wines are the Mauzac, Chardonnay, and the Pinot Noir.
Chardonnay is the main varietal in our still Limoux blanc AOC, while Merlot, Syrah and Grenache are used for our reds.