The Grand Rousillon label applies to sweet wine from 89 of the region’s villages. Both sweet red and sweet white wine is produced under this label. The main grapes used for the sweet white wine are Muscat blanc, Muscat romain and Grenache. Grenache is also used for the slightly more unusual sweet red wine, along with Carignan, Cinsault and Lista. Crémant de Limoux
In the Roussillon region, crémant is produced following the same method as that followed when producing champagne. This includes a second fermentation process within the bottle that captures the carbon dioxide that produces the sparkling effect. The landscape and climate are similar to that in Chateauneuf du Pape so as can be expected, the sparkling white wine produced is of excellent quality although much cheaper to purchase than that produced in the Champagne region of France.