Limoux benefits from an exceptional situation in the Languedoc, symbolized by the Toques & Clochers gastronomy festival and auction, created in 1991 and sponsored by the Sieur d’Arques wine cooperative. It is hosted every year by a leading chef (a “toque”), and winemakers from all over the world are invited. The auction takes place on Palm Sunday, after a tasting held in the morning. The barrels are sold at prices that attest the quality of the wines and the widespread recognition of this unique AOC. A share of the proceeds is used to pay for the renovation of one of the forty bell towers (“clochers”) of the appellation, giving back to the villages of the Upper Aude Valley their original character and architectural heritage.
The “Toques et Clochers” cuvées from Les Vignerons de Sieur d’Arques have consistently shown the quality of their terroir and growers. The coop has some 3800 plots on four specific terroirs: Méditerranéen, Autant, Océanique and Haute-Vallée, each of them giving birth to very distinctive wines.