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Mauzac Tasting Rives Blanques – Love That Languedoc episode 36

I visited Château Rives Blanques where the Panman family had prepared an outstanding tasting. Not only were the wines fantastic, they told a story and made two ambitious arguments. Firstly, Mauzac is a great varietal that can be used in several interesting ways (a single varietal still wines, a fizz, or even a late harvest dessert wine). Secondly, you can do white wine with cheese, or as Caryl says, you OUGHT to.


The Domaine is in Cépie, in the aire de Limoux, and there are gorgeous mountainscapes everwhere you look. Rives Blanques, the highest peak visible from the cozy tasting area, lends its name to the Domaine.

We start off with a Blanquette de Limoux, one of the first sparkling wines referred to in the entire history of wine. The Appellation d’Origine Controlée Blanquette de Limoux consists largely of Mauzac, and it is only produced in and around Limoux. The second wine is a pure still mauzac, the only one of its kind. In part 2, we’ll taste a late harvest dessert white with Mauzac in the blend and we’ll talk even more about cheese.

The wines:
Blanquette de Limoux, Château Rives-Blanques, AOC Blanquette de Limoux
Cuvée Occitania, Château Rives-Blanques, AOC Limoux

See also:
Information about Mauzac from Rives Blanques’ site.

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Carcassonne Hotel de la Cité Wine Tasting – LOVE That Languedoc Ep. 32

I just did an OUTSTANDING tasting in Carcassonne today at the Hotel de la Cité. Restaurant manager and maitre sommelier, Georges Gracia pulled out all the stops and showed me a sampling of some of the bottles they had open at La Barbacane. This is the hotel where the Queen of England stays and Sting and your rich uncle. It’s located in the middle of medieval castle ramparts. Awesome.

When you see a pristinely preserved Vin Doux Naturel that is older than me… that is why restaurants used to charge 3-5 times wholesale price! Because they kept and cellared the wines perfectly and found a way to present them that was interesting.

The wines:
C de Centeilles 2008, Domaine Clos Centeilles, Vin de Pays Côtes du Brian
Clochers Lucien Fanjeau 1991, Limoux (wasn’t an AOC until 1993, domaine hard to determine)
Cuvée 1908 2008, Abbaye de Fontfroide, AOC Corbières (note the vintage is 2008. The name of the wine is 1908)
Domaine du Mas Blanc 1977, Domaine du Mas Blanc, AOC Banyuls

See also:
Patricia Domergue – Owner and winemaker at Domaine Clos Centeilles, sur le Minervois et Minervois La Liviniere.
Jean Michel Parcé – Owner and winemaker at Domaine du Mas Blanc. I can’t find a website for him or his Domaine, but he is pretty open online and you can email Jean Michel Parcé
Abbaye de Frontfroide – This is a historical site and draws a lot of tourists. They just redid the website and the wine produced there is integrated into the main site. However, I don’t see the wine mentioned in the English version of the site. Sorry :-ç

The varietals in C de Centeilles:
Araignan Blanc
Riveirenc Gris
Riveirenc Blanc
Grenache Gris

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