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 Château Rives-Blanques
AOP Limoux is the only white wine appellation in France requiring fermentation and maturation in oak barrels. It also decrees that the grapes must be picked by hand. The famous Roman historian Titus Livius was already extolling Limoux's "wines of light" two thousand years ago (quoted on the label of Cuvée de l'Odyssée), and we are proud today to present the appellation's first-ever trilogy of three wines of light made from the three permitted grape varieties: a chardonnay, a chenin blanc, and a mauzac - wines that reflect the full potential of the appellation, and glow as if the sunshine were still in them. A fourth wine, La Trilogie is the 'true Limoux': an exclusive blend of the best barrels of these three grape varieties.
Rives-Blanques Blanc de Blancs (#35-28)
$13.00

Rives-Blanques Blanc de Blancs is a chardonnay-based mouthful of pure pleasure. A second fermentation in the bottle is followed by at least two years on the lees. Elegant, fresh and zingy, this wine is sure proof why Limoux has been so famous for its fizz ever since medieval times. 

Grapes: Chardonnay/ Chenin Blanc

Region: Languedoc Vineyard:  Château Rives-Blanques
Rives-Blanques Blanquette de Limoux Sparkling 2015 (#35-27)
$17.50
The world's oldest sparkler is still made to this very day only in Limoux, under the strictest AOP rules. It has the lowest permitted maximum yield of any sparkling wine in France, and is made exclusively from hand-harvested grapes. Whole, unblemished grapes are pressed within two hours of harvesting. Each grape variety is vinified separately and fermented at 14 °C. in stainless steel vats with a second fermentation in the bottle. Yield: 45 hl/ha.
Grapes: 90% Mauzac, 10% Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc


Region: Languedoc Vineyard:  Château Rives-Blanques
Rives-Blanques Cremant Sparkling Rosé '15 (#35-26)
$19.50
Limoux has an enviable reputation for the quality of its sparkling wines: as far back to the 16th century. The latest newcomer to the region is Crémant de Limoux, which like Champagne, is based largely on Chardonnay.  This sparkling rosé is fresh in the mouth and on the nose with hints of raspberry & strawberry.  Delicate, dry and elegant with fine bubbles.
Grapes: Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc/Pinot Noir

Region: Languedoc Vineyard:  Château Rives-Blanques
Rives-Blanques Dédicace Blanc 2017 (#35-30)
$17.50
An exceptional wine especially in a region not known for its chenin blanc. Dédicace has been made with great dedication from 35 year old vines. It is a "modern style of wine" made with all the care and experience that is rooted deep in tradition.  Possibly the only chenin blanc with appellation status in the whole of the South of France, it has distinguished itself as one of the most interesting white wines of the region.  Whole, unblemished grapes harvested by hand and then individually sorted again by hand before pressing; pressed within two hours of harvesting. Fermented and matured for six months in 8% new French oak barrels. Yield: 40 hl/ha.
Grapes: 100% Chenin Blanc

Region: Languedoc Vineyard:  Château Rives-Blanques
Rives-Blanques Occitania Blanc 2017 (#35-29)
$17.00
Made from 100% Mauzac, a grape grown in this region dating back to the Renaissance, the harvest is pressed within two hours of picking. The wine is matured for six months in seasoned French oak barrels.  Awarded 4 stars by the British magazine Decanter, Occitania has been rated one of the top wines in France for each of the last four years.
Grapes:  100% Mauzac


Region: Languedoc Vineyard:  Château Rives-Blanques
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