Chateau Rives-Blanques, Le Limoux, Languedoc, France 2020
Finding 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 and remarkably good value.
Fresh, orangey and minerally with a discrete richness from the oak barrel ageing (15% new), it is delicious now but will age beautifully over the next 2 - 3 years. I love it for its mix of Loire freshness (from the Chenin Blanc and the local Mauzac), and Burgundian roundness (from the Chardonnay and the oak). If possible, give it a bit of time in a decanter to open up. The bottle I tried was even better on night two.
Offered: February 2022.
Vintage report: A very wet spring followed by a boiling hot, dry summer added up to challenging conditions. As a result yields were low but, thanks largely to a steady westerly wind, quality was excellent.
Drinking window: 2022 – 2025.
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.