The Original Bubbly: Blanquette de Limoux


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.

Château Rives-Blanques

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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