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Unusuals – White Wines in the Languedoc-Roussillon done Differently – Love that Languedoc episode 40

My dad and I sit down to taste two unusual Languedoc whites. These are two winemakers who offer an innovative perspective on two different white wine varietals.

Rives Blanques has their old school Sauvignon Blanc that doesn’t follow the typical rules and carries a fair bit of structure and kick for a little VdP. And then you’ve got Treloar’s very interesting dry muscat which can age a couple of years without any problem.

The wines:
Sauvageon 2008, Château Rives Blanques, Vin de Pays d’Oc
One Block White 2007, Domaine Treloar, Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes

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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.

Don’t forget PART 2 OF OUR MAUZAC AND CHEESE TASTING!

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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Château Lascaux Winemaker – Love that Languedoc episode 20

Finally, we taste the wines at Château de Lascaux in English.  We’re accompanied by the winemaker himself, Jean-Benoit Cavalier.  These aren’t his AOC Pic Saint-Loup wines (which we tasted in French), but they still bring a lot to the table.  We talk about wines with love handles and wines that taste like entire baskets of fruit.  Limestone deposits.  Yin yangs.  What didn’t we talk about?  It was a fun show.

The French episodes cover some of the bigger badder wines from Château de Lascaux, and this episode refers to them heavily.  I even retaste Les Pierres d’Argent at one point, eager to see how the two different white wines compare side by side.

The wines:
Château de Lascaux Coteaux Blanc 2006, Château de Lascaux, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc
Château de Lascaux Coteaux Rouge 2007, Château de Lascaux, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc

previously tasted in French:
Les Nobles Pierres 2004
, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup
Les Nobles Pierres 2005, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup
Les Pierres d’Argent 2005
, Château de Lascaux, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc
Pic Saint-Loup 2007, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup

Importer information! If your favorite local restaurant/retailer doesn’t have the wine, give them this link.

Oh and hey, Episode 20! That feels like a landmark.  Next episode: Jean Heritier, our guest from episode 1, comes back and gives us a neat treat and the episode ends with a guessing game!

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