Cédric Saucier

“Production of sparkling wines in Languedoc cannot be ruled out in the future”

Monday May 09 2016 by Vitisphere

The fourth conference by the oenology department of Montpellier university focused on production of sparkling wines in the region. An unusual choice of topic, or so it seemed.

“Production of  sparkling wines is a strong trend currently. Although they are only produced on a boutique scale in vineyards close to Montpellier, it is not unlikely that producers will start going down the sparkling route soon”, believes Cédric Saucier, director of the research centre and department of oenology at the Montpellier faculty of pharmacy. Hence the researcher’s choice of topic for the Oenofutur conference held on April 15 in Montpellier. The afternoon session was divided into two parts, the first on Champagne research and the second on closure issues. “Contrary to popular belief, CO2 saturation in the wines does not entirely protect them from oxidation”, pointed out Cédric Saucier.
“This marginal sector may expand in the region provided there is a selection of grape varieties suited to hot climate regions”, stressed the researcher, after students had visited the Limoux wine area the day before. “In the South, there are colder climates conducive to producing sparkling wines and the tradition goes back a long way, not only in Limoux, but also in Die”.

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