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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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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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