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  • Chateau Rives-Blanques, Le Limoux, Languedoc, France 2015
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    Jamie Collins

Chateau Rives-Blanques, Le Limoux, Languedoc, France 2015

Chateau Rives-Blanques, Le Limoux, Languedoc, France 2015

Finding mature whites of this calibre at this price hardly ever happens. Jan and Caryl have managed to pull off that rarest of tricks – produce an age-worthy, fresh and characterful white which is light on it’s feet (just 12.5%) and remarkably good value.

I absolutely love it, so do the critics, and if you like good White Burgundy or particularly, mature Loire Chenin Blanc, you will too.

Fresh, orangey and minerally with a discrete richness from the oak barrel ageing (15% new) and a wonderful complexity thanks to the bottle ageing. At this price, you'd be hard pushed to find a more delicious, crisp and characterful white for drinking this spring.

Offered: April 2019.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Vintage report: Caryl Panman: "A heat wave in June-July followed by 30ml of rain in early August changed a text book vintage into the earliest most unusual harvest we have ever had. Quick reaction coupled with the luck of good weather during harvest gave us wines full of personality balanced with excellent freshness."

Drinking window: 2019 – 2020.

Food matching: Very versatile, works as an aperitif but would also go well with chicken and leek pie, smoked salmon pasta or pork chops to name a few.

  • Post author
    Jamie Collins