Anne De Joyeuse
In 1868 Docteur Guyot, who was at the forefront of initial modern scientific approaches to French viticulture, delivered his thoughts borne out of his study of the Limoux vineyards: "It’s through it’s red wines that Limoux shines and should rightfully figure among the list of good wines”.
He thus bestowed the red wines of Limoux with these noble credentials. From the same belief the Cave Anne de Joyeuse was founded in 1929 to vinify the red wines of Limoux and the Upper Aude valley. The winegrowers, realising over time the exceptional quality of their terroir, started planting the first noble grape varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in 1972. Thus, the Cave Anne de Joyeuse became the first and most important Southern French vineyard to commit 100% to individual site selection based on terroir. It lead to the establishment of its white wines as AOC Limoux White in 1989 and its red wines as AOC Limoux Red in 2004.
AOC Limoux White. A very demanding Appelation
To guarantee the highest level of quality, AOC Limoux passed a decree in 1989 imposing strict rules for its white wines : fermentation followed by maturation in oak barrels.
AOC Limoux Red. A well respected region now includes red wine.
The decree of 23rd June 2004 extended the AOC designation to the red wines of Limoux. The vineyards classified as AOC Limoux red are subject to a schedule of rules specific to each variety, laid down by this same decree and reinforced by the quality ethic of the Cave Anne de Joyeuse.