The wines: Cuvée Occitania, Château Rives-Blanques, AOC Limoux Xaxa 2004, Château Rives-Blanques, Vin de Table Vendanges d’Hiver
Brebis (sheep/ewe milk) Roquefort (Did you know this is Languedoc too?)
honey and fig juice, artisanal
Occitania – this area pre-French identity; “Languedoc” means language of oc. Oc means “yes” in Occitan.
“Nostra terra mentis pas” means “our land does not lie.”
Mauzac – One of the three varietals included in Limoux’s AOC. I think it’s also grown in Gaillac. Rives Blanques is one of the very estates that produces Mauzac as a still wine.
Il y’a une semaine, j’ai mangé un fromage brebis avec un gout très particulier. On l’a vieilli pour une semaine et il est sorti complètement différent. Toujours décevant même s’il s’est beaucoup adouci.
Another episode with my wonderful parents. We’re an absurd family tasting an absurd cheese.
My family and I had a fromage brebis at lunch today that had a really unique and knock-your-socks-off flavor. Brebis is a female sheep. We like cheese and we actually enjoy sheep cheese on a regular basis.
This is an exception though. Man, this cheese tastes the way a petting zoo smells. I’m not sure what to make of it, but it’s a Pyrenees cheese (south of Roussillon) and so it’s part of the food and culture of the Languedoc Roussillon. I hope you like this short bonus episode more than we liked the cheese.