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In the vineyard, Rancoule-Guinot harvests his grapes by hand -- a tradition that, like many in Limoux, spans generations.
"We harvest manually, transport the grapes with small boxes and use a pneumatic press for airtight juicing," he says.
Some large vineyards use mechanical harvesting, which can damage the fruit, says Rancoule-Guinot. Over-packing into large containers sometimes crushes fruit, allowing premature pressing of the juices. The unwanted contact with oxygen can affect the quality of the wine.
Delicate taste at half the price
Although Blanquette is not as widely known as Champagne, its taste has attracted buyers from around the world, including, says Rancoule-Guinot, Russian Czar Nicolas II and Japanese Emperor Akihito.
Made with a blend of three white grapes mauzac, chenin and chardonnay, Blanquette has a smooth, creamy texture. Often toasty with an apple flavor, the taste is simple and elegant. Nurtured with plenty of sun and a temperate climate, this special taste, according to Rancoule-Guinot, is influenced by the air and soil of Limoux and its proximity to the Pyrenees and the "sweetness of the Mediterranean Sea."
In recent years, Blanquette has become more popular as a tasty substitute for Champagne at half the price. Rancoule-Guinot exports about 40 percent of his wine outside France.
The United States is a new market for Blanquette. Maison Guinot can be found in California, while other Blanquettes such as St. Hilaire, Aimery and Antech can be found, respectively, in Atlanta, Chicago and New York.
CNN - 28 Décembre 1999