France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Carcassonne

The wines of Cabardès, Malepère and Limoux
By Richard James and Paul Strang

This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2010
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Château Rives-Blanques

Address: 11300 Cépie
Tel: 04 68 31 43 20 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:6:47N (43.11308)    Longitude: 2:13:50E (2.23060) 

Jan and Caryl Panman own the neighbouring vineyard to Bégude (follow the signs past and keep going up the lane for five minutes), which they bought over ten years ago from Eric Vialade, who still works here overseeing vineyards and cellar. The hospitable and enthusiastic Panmans make only white and sparkling wines, which they’ll be happy to taste with you after showing you around some of the vineyards. These lie on the plateau slightly above Bégude and are farmed in the most environmentally friendly way they can, with a couple of plots of Mauzac undergoing an organic trial. Caryl and Jan are vociferous champions of the local Mauzac variety, which, apart from being used for their sparkling wines, has been transformed into an unusual barrel-aged dried white called Occitania. Others worth trying include their fine Odyssée Limoux Chardonnay, a complex dry Chenin Blanc called Dédicace, La Trilogie (a barrel-selection blend of all three grapes) and occasionally a luscious late-harvest, passerillé Chenin-Mauzac name after their daughter Xaxa.


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