Lisa Machat, co-founder/director of Je T'aime & Co.
Please enjoy reading about our wonderful wine --- the perfect bubbly for the perfect celebration! Cheers!
the limoux region
and method traditional
Situated in the Pyrenean foothills of Southern France, Limoux has a history as rich as its wines. The chardonnay vines here are some of the oldest in France and are particularly sought-after. And it was here, where in 1531, unbeknownst to many, the first champagne or sparkling wine was created*, using a method now referred to as both the Method Champenoise, or the Method traditionelle.
The Method Traditionelle consists of two fermentations. After the primary fermentation, the wine is transferred to and sealed into bottles where the wine in each bottle goes through a secondary fermentation.
We follow this ancient tradition and produce each bottle of Je T'aime using the Method Traditionelle. Each bottle of Je T'aime is aged on the lees for 18 months before it is riddled and disgorged and the final dosage is added.
The primary wine for our Je T'aime Brut comes from the chardonnay grapes grown in the vineyards surrounding our ancient city. For Je T'aime Brut Rose, we blend in the juice from some of our local pinot noir grapes.
*Dom Pérignon brought this method of producing sparkling wine back to Champagne, France after traveling through the region.