Molly Amoli reviewed this wine:
A crémant de Limoux (not champagne, but made using the same method), this is a blend of white grapes, dominated by 55% Chardonnay, 35% Chenin, with 10% Mauzac.
It's a delicate pale goldish lemon wine. It gives light aromas of peach, brioche, grapefruit, acacia, green apple, and lemon. On the palate, it rises to medium plus acidity, with lemon rind, peach, tart apple, and grapefruit, delivered in a dry, medium body, 12.5% a.b.v. wine with a delicate mousse. That tart apple is the Mauzac, so specific to this sparkler.
This Grand Cuvée 1531 has an august history and a "Dom" connection. It was also created by Benedictine monks, but in the Middle Ages in the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire in the Languedoc, several hours' drive south of the abbey where Dom Perignon lived and experimented with wine blending.
Over a 150 years before Dom Perignon, sparkling wine was being made in Saint-Hilaire, Limoux, France. "Blanquette" was the first French sparkling wine, not champagne.
Crémant de Limoux is Blanquette's cousin. This wine stands in direct descent from that first French sparkling wine.
Pairs gloriously with most food.