Looking for bubbles, sparkles and fizz? Don’t call it Champagne, this is Blanquette de Limoux, from Languedoc. Time to pop the cork!
Earlier this year I wrote a piece for Palate Press about the Languedoc Outsiders, a group of winemakers from all imaginable backgrounds and locations who landed in Languedoc order to make. While researching the story, I received a note from one of the Outsider members, Caryl Panman -co-founder along with her husband Jan- of Château Rives-Blanques located near the commune of Cépie. Rives-Blanques has experienced good fortune, partly due to their creativity, tenacity and ability to suss out the natural opportunities provided by their corner of the Languedoc.
Caryl is English, Jan is Dutch. They have a global background, having lived in two handfuls of countries before settling on their vineyards in France a decade ago. There they cultivate seven hectares of gobelet-trained Mauzac vines. Gobelet indicates that no wires or trellis are…
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