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White wine and cheese at Rives Blanques – Love That Languedoc episode 38

We finish up our white wine and cheese tasting at Château Rives-Blanques.  Make sure you start with the first part of our Mauzac and cheese tasting. I have to stress what a wonderful time I had pairing three styles of Mauzac with a few different cheeses from the south of France, and some from more exotic locales.

The wines:
Cuvée Occitania, Château Rives-Blanques, AOC Limoux
Xaxa 2004, Château Rives-Blanques, Vin de Table Vendanges d’Hiver

The Cheeses:
Brebis (sheep/ewe milk)
Roquefort (Did you know this is Languedoc too?)
Chèvre d’Ariège
honey and fig juice, artisanal

See also:
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.

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Retour du Brebis, Guerre des Fromages – Nota Bene 4

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.

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Sheep Cheese – Nota Bene 3

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.

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