Saint Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux is the oldest sparkling wine in the world, including those made in Champagne. Made in southwestern France, just south of Carcassonne, Blanquette was first brought to Virginia by Thomas Jefferson and it was part of his own cellar’s inventory. The wine is produced by a large winery called Sieur d’Arques, that among other things, is the bottler of Mouton-Cadet. Thousands of farmers in the area sell their grapes to the company in the production of Saint Hilaire.
We have represented it almost since our beginning as a company. Jay Poust, of Jack Poust & Co, was always one of the most wonderful people to have as a supplier: a gentlemen, a humorist and a man passionate for the wines that he represented. Though he is no longer with us, we have fond memories and will always associate Saint Hilaire with Jay.
With Thomas Jefferson as Saint Hilaire’s most famous enthusiast, this brand has always had an important Virginia connection.