Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie
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A.O.P. LimouxA.O.P. Limoux
Château Rives-Blanques

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie
Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Chateau Rives-Blanques is a 22 ha family-run estate near Limoux, surrounded by woodland in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Seriously committed to environmentally sustainable wine growing, we make our wines and manage our lands with ecological integrity, full of respect for nature and for this unique terroir that is our home.

Wild flowers, clover or cereals grow between the vines; vine cuttings and composted grape pips and skins are ploughed back into the soil, and we never use hard chemicals or fertilizers. Aided and abetted by the use of harmless pheromones to replace insecticide sprays, we rely on a happy combination of altitude and prevailing brisk, dry winds to keep unwanted pests at bay, in the most natural way possible. Enthusiastic particpants of the European environmental programme BioDiVine, we continue researching the relationship between viticulture and biodiversity, and have been close working partners 0f the Chamber of Agriculture for decades.

The Languedoc is the world’s biggest, most exciting wine region – an immense ampitheatre extending from the Pyrenees to the Rhone, and from the foothills of the Massif Central to the Mediterranean. It is the home of more organically/sustainably farmed vineyards than any other region in the country. Most of its wines are rich, full-bodied reds, but the small, most south-western appellation called Limoux is the exception: like a diamond in a setting of rubies it is known for its fine white and sparkling wines. As early as 1688, Monseigneur the Steward of the Languedoc sought to preserve the name of the region by issuing a decree forbidding “all people of all walks from bringing in to Limoux any kind of foreign wine or grapes, under pain of a 100 pound fine.” Hugging the river Aude and its tributaries, this exceptional wine region is protected by the Pyrenees to the south, the Chalabre and Razès mountains to the west, and the Corbières range to the east.
Rosé = Rosé White Wine = White Wine Blanquette, Sparkling Wine= Blanquette, Sparkling Wine
 
  “Terroir” is an untranslated, untranslatable word which most closely defines our philosophy of wine-making. It explains why our wines taste the way they taste, why they are so unmistakably “Rives-Blanques”. It defines our destination and our voyage alike – and it is what we try to put the most of in our wines. Rives-Blanques lies surrounded by woodland in a Natura 2000 reserve protected by Europe for its unique combination of Mediterranean and Atlantic flora and fauna. It is exactly these same influences that lend both fruit and finesse to our wines: the Mediterranean for the passion, and the Atlantic for the cool elegance. The vineyard is on a plateau 350 high in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The same quartz that lies on the top of the peak Rives Blanques, after which the vineyard is named, also lies scattered amongst the vines. Our ground soils of glacial moraine, pebbles, clay and sand coupled with cool nights and a slow maturation process enhance the natural sweetness of mauzac, the complexity of chardonnay and the freshness of chenin blanc. Because of our unique terroir, the great white grape varieties of all the great white wine regions of France can find their voice here and sing together: chardonnay (from Burgundy), chenin blanc (from the Loire), and the Languedoc’s own mauzac all thriving under the same southern sun, on our high-altitude plateau...

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Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie

Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie
Opening Château Rives-Blanques - Cépie:

- We are delighted to share our wines and this beautiful place with you.
- Our light and luminous tasting room with-a-view and shop is nearly always open, and you are most welcome.
- We have no fixed opening hours, so please do be sure to contact us beforehand.
- Our regular Tuesday Tour, Talk & Tutored Tasting is a popular feature.
- Please phone to make a reservation, as we like to keep the groups small.
 
Qualité Tourisme Aude Tourisme Qualité Sud de France   Logis de France

  Le Pays Cathare Terra Vitis Vignerons Indépendant de France Les A.O.P. de Limoux
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Limoux is best known for its sparkling wine, Blanquette de Limoux. This is reputed to be the oldest sparkling wine in France and dates back to 1531 when Benedictine monks from Saint Hilaire Abbey discovered that the wine they had laid down had fermented and formed bubbles. This was the beginning of Limoux’s bubbly - the Blanquette de Limoux which was the first AOC to be created in the Languedoc area. The process (the locals say) was stolen by Dom Perignon who went on to create ‘champagne‘. however the Limoux sparkling wine is a very high quality champagne substitute and Crémant, which was developed in 1990, has a top class reputation. Now a prestigious event attracting buyers from all over the world, “Toques & Clochers” puts up for auction the most promising barrels of AOC Limoux. A share of the proceeds are then used to finance the renovation of bell towers in surrounding villages. Every year the auction is hosted by one of France’s great chefs popularly referred to as a “Toques”, the traditional white chef’s hat....


Blanquette de Limoux

Blanquette de Limoux,  Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale

History tells us that Blanquette de Limoux, the world's first sparkling wine, dates as far back as 1531. At the time, the monks of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Hilaire, near Limoux, were producing a somewhat unusual white wine in their cellars. Inside its glass flask, with a cork top - very rare for wines at this time - it acquired a natural sparkle. This was the forefather of the brut which is tasted today at the world's most prestigious tables. Since they first started cultivating vines, the growers of Limoux have aimed at maintaining the originality of the Blanquette de Limoux growth and developing its quality. The region's surrounding hills protect it from the extremes of the Mediterranean and Atlantic climates, with the area enjoying a microclimate particularly suitable for making quality white wine. The vines classified in the appellation are always planted at the top of southern-facing slopes, giving the best exposure. The soil here is shallow and sparse, full of chalk and stone....


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Château Rives-Blanques

11300 Cépie

Phone +33 4.68.31.43.20
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Email -
rives-blanques@wanadoo.fr

Website -
www.rives-blanques.com
Rates
White Wine: 5.00 € to 25.00 €
Rosé: 10.55 €
Blanquette et Crémant Méthode: Traditionnelle 12.00 € to 27.00 €
 
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