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White - Sparkling

NV Aimery Sieur d'Arques Blanquette de Limoux Aimery La Bulle de Limoux Brut Méthode Traditionel

Mauzac Blend, Mauzac more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
The Blanquette appellation is older than that for Crémant, and as such it focuses on the more traditional Limoux grape, Mauzac. Under appellation regulations this variety must account for at least 90% of the blend, the remainder all Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. This wine, from this well-known Limoux co-operative, has a pale lemon-gold hue. The nose has a very clean style, with a paper-like quality. The palate is fresh, crisp and of moderate weight. There is an appealing balance and a fresh, sappy, slightly sour presence of greengage fruit. It is a crisp and decent drink, but I honestly expected more. 15.5 points
White - Sparkling

2000 Antech Blanquette de Limoux Cuvée Exception Brut

Mauzac Blend, Mauzac more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
The Blanquette appellation is older than that for Crémant, and as such it focuses on the more traditional Limoux grape, Mauzac. This variety accounts for 90% of the blend, the remainder all Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. This has a much richer gold than the 2007 Eugénie, tasted alongside. The nose is full of character, with light and fleeting elements of cinder toffee and caramel alongside some pure, concentrated citrus fruit, more lime than any other. Nevertheless very fresh, quite rich, stylish on the palate, with a good acid backbone and gentle mousse. Very good indeed, and testament that Mauzac can make interesting wine in the right hands. 17 points
White - Sparkling

2007 Antech Crémant de Limoux Cuvée Eugénie

Mauzac Blend, Mauzac more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
This cuvée is named for Eugénie Limouzy, the great-aunt of Georges and Roger Antech. The Crémant appellation focuses on Chardonnay, so this is 70% with 20% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac. The appearance is a gentle, pale gold, and the nose is very floral and fresh, with little traces of elegant honey and nut beneath. On the palate, a very clean style, firm but with a little restrained creaminess; it is very much within the young Chardonnay, blanc de blancs style. Lovely acidity, fresh mousse, a fine aperitif and a very serious contender in the world of sparkling wine. 17+ points
Red

2004 Château Barreyres

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Sweet fruit with a cranberry and crunchy blackcurrant style on the nose. There is also some creamy, peppered oak apparent. A nicely textured palate, some substance and extract too. Fresh, crunchy fruit with a lean to moderate texture, all sitting together very nicely. There is a soft background layer of tannin though, with a slightly charcoaly character. Moderate acidity. It has a slightly unfocused finish but there is still some nice style here, the crisp cranberry and stony red fruits accompanied by a little violet. A good effort. 15.5 points
Red

2005 Château Barreyres

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
A lovely glossy hue here, more so than the 2004, but vibrant rather than rich or creamy. The nose has plenty of expressive fruit, dried cranberry and crunchy cherry. It has a lovely cool style on entry, fresh and crisp, beautifully defined, with good delineating acidity. This is fresh and savoury rather than creamy or textured, but very good with it. A reserved style, which I think would do nicely in the cellar for a couple of years, but good now especially with food. 16.5 points
White - Sparkling

NV Domaine Bégude Blanc de Blancs

Limoux Chardonnay more

Winedoctor

, Chris Kissack
July 2009
A méthode traditionelle wine made in tiny quantities - just 900 bottles for this year - and not generally for retail. Typically 7-8 g/l sugar after dosage. The nose is fresh, stony, crisply styled, with elements of white fruit and apple peel. Fine aromas. The palate is similarly crisply defined, gently nettly-herby, with just a touch of cream. Clearly defined, with a good dry finish. 16+ points
White

2006 Domaine Bégude Chardonnay Limoux

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Bottled under screwcap. A clean, lightly honey-tinged nose here, showing some good fruit. A precise texture on the palate, a lovely weight, fresh and quite reserved in its style. There is minimal oak influence, perhaps showing just a little more in the finish. Overall good, but I prefer the 2007 I think. 15.5+ points
White

2007 Domaine Bégude Chardonnay Limoux

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Unlike the vin de pays wines which are fermented in steel, this is fermented in oak, according to appellation regulations. Bottled under screwcap. The honeyed oak is apparent on the nose, with elements of citrus, opening out over time to reveal more creamy notes. Fresh on the palate, showing good fruit, and a good creamy style. Full, defined, quite stylish wine, backed up by good acidity. 16+ points
White

2006 Domaine Bégude Limoux L'Etoile de Begude

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
The only still wine in the range bottled under traditional cork, this has a fresh and floral nose, with honey, minerals, pithy citrus fruit and cream. This is lovely on the palate, creamy and yet balanced, with an elegant application of oak, rich but overall stylish. Good stone fruit, punchy character, substantial but no shortage of finesse either. This is really very good. 17+ points
White

2008 Domaine Bégude Sauvignon Blanc

Vin de Pays d'Oc more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Harvested in three tries, bringing in fruit at 11º, 11.5º and over 12º, the final blend having 11.4º. Bottled under screwcap. The nose is remarkable - considering many Languedoc Sauvignons are flabby or muted, this is bright and fresh, and is marked by the yellow and green pepper character of methylpyrazines, no doubt related to the earlier harvested fruit. Pithy, lean, although fuller in the midpalate, with a clean and stony style, this is a very good wine that bucks the Languedoc trend for this variety. 15.5 points
Rosť

2008 Domaine Bégude Vin de Pays d'Oc

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Bottled under screwcap. A salmon pink hue, and notes of cream, strawberry and redcurrant leaf on the nose. Fresh, quite full and crisp on the palate, quite solid in the middle, defined. A short finish. Overall though this is fresh, appealing and it has a little substance. 15.5 points
White

2008 Domaine Bégude Vin de Pays d'Oc Le Bel Ange

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
A cuvée named for the Kinglakes' daughter. Unusually this cuvée has a varying proportion of Chenin, as explained in my profile above. This is 92% Chardonnay and 8% Chenin Blanc. Bottled under screwcap. It has gentle, restrained yellow fruit on the nose, and plenty of zip beneath it all on the palate. Well balanced fruit, with a clean and fresh style, this has more in keeping with a fresh and fruity Chablis than what we might expect from the Languedoc. Another good wine. 15.5 points
Red

2008 Les Caves du Sieur d'Arques Limoux Terroir de vigne et de truffe

Merlot Blend, Merlot more

Winedoctor

, Chris Kissack
July 2009
The Limoux terroir favours two local specialties these being the vine and the truffle and this wine, according to the Sieur d'Arques blurb, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, apparently reflects this. In the glass, it still has a youthful blue-purple hue. The nose is soft, fruit-rich, with plump blackberry and blueberry fruit, layered with some liquorice, from the oak no doubt. A similarly creamy and rich texture on the palate, but structured, with some grip and tannin behind it, and good acidity. Rather straightforward and commercial in terms of fruit and structure, not complex, but nicely composed. There's even a little white chocolate sweetness. The latter part of bottle really tightened up though, and with time I became more enamoured with the wine. I suspect this wine would do well in the cellar, short term at least. 16+ points
White

2004 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Mont

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
A good colour, mildly rich. It opens out nicely on the nose, revealing quite quickly some very minerally, chalky notes which have great appeal. These sit alongside some reserved fruit. On the palate there is a lovely weight and balance, although it does not have the fine definition of a great vintage. Softer than expected, considering its young age, with a lovely evolving character already apparent, this is a wine that is ready for drinking now, although I am sure there is no rush. I last tasted this at the domaine in 2007 - it seems to have come on very nicely since then. Very good. 16.5+ points
White

2006 Domaine du Peras Giroflet

Languedoc Roussillon White Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Girault's wine is fermented in steel, with an élevage half in steel, half in oak, for 24 months. It is bottled without fining or filtration. Immediately after opening it showed some fascinating character on the nose, with a meaty, animalistic, savage and rustic character, with little in the way of overt fruit other than some plum skin and baked liquorice. There was a little element of raisin to the fruit as well, although paradoxically this was mixed with a fresh and bright chracter on the palate. There was moderate weight, a complex panoply of meaty flavour, nice freshness in terms of middle-weight texture and acidity, and overall this had a good, clean substance and sappy-sour finish. A fascinating wine, which I grew to really appreciate as it opened up. I would recommend decanting for an hour or two. 17+ points
White

2005 Château Rives-Blanques Chardonnay Limoux Cuvée de l'Odyssée

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
This has a much fresher character than the 2006, and one that appeals much more to me. There is richness here, a lemon-honey cake character, but it is cut through with elements of smoke, toast and importantly a vibrant freshness. The palate is full, crisp, with lovely acidity, a light minerality and notes of crunchy toasted biscuit and charcoal. Vivacious and with the potential to give more, although it is just fine for drinking now. 16.5+ points
White

2006 Château Rives-Blanques Chardonnay Limoux Cuvée de l'Odyssée

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
There is a slightly unusual style to this vintage, with a sweet and honeyed nose also showing elements of ginger cake and syrup sponge, marmalade and spice. The palate is soft, honeyed and cakey, rather like the nose. Good substance, lightly tannic, rather akin to a red wine. The Panmans feel this benefits from decanting, and I would probably agree with them. Nice. 16+ points
White

2006 Château Rives-Blanques Chenin Blanc Limoux Dédicace

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
A slightly deeper colour than the 2007, with very classic evolving Chenin honey and straw on the nose; it is characteristics like these, combined with an old-world structure, that led me to describe the 2004 as the best Chenin outside the Loire valley I had ever tasted. Very rich on the palate, perhaps a touch less acidity than the 2007. Stylish, quite full, very overtly Chenin. Firm, with good substance, spice and length in the finish. Fine potential here. (16.5-17+) points
White

2007 Château Rives-Blanques Chenin Blanc Limoux Dédicace

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Fermented in oak, then half left in oak for a total six months, the other half out into tank after four months. The name of this cuvée reflects the Panmans' dedication to the appellation and terroir, and each vintage is also dedicated to an individual. Very fresh on the nose, although youthful displaying some richness, related to the bâtonnage? The palate is rounded off but elegant, stylish, but quite full and almost meaty. Toothsome, in fact. Good, with potential. 16.5+ points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2004 Château Rives-Blanques Cuvée Xaxa Vendange d'Hiver

Vin de Table Français White Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
This curiosity is a late harvest style, 60% Chenin Blanc harvested in November, and 40% Mauzac harvested in January 2005. There is no tradition or recognition of this style in the region, so it is classed as a vin de table. It has 90 g/l of residual sugar. An intense orange-fruit nose, with candied peach and apricot too. Sweet, full, quite elegant, with good acidity and freshness. Firm with a gentle substance. Really very appealing wine with a sweet, characterful finish. 16+ points
White

2008 Château Rives-Blanques Limoux La Trilogie

Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

Winedoctor

, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Only bottled two weeks ago, this is a blend of all three Limoux varieties, with 50% Chardonnay, the remainder Chenin Blanc and Mauzac. It is selected from the best barrels and then blended. Obviously youthful on the nose, with sweet and aromatic fruit with a pear character. The palate is really very good; full and sweetly endowed, with notes of jasmine over the pear fruit. Elegant, floral, balanced and aromatic, with a little meatiness towards the end, this is very good indeed. (17-17.5+) points
White

2008 Château Rives-Blanques Mauzac Limoux Cuvée Occitania

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
This cuvée, 100% Mauzac, is sourced from a 2 hectare plot just below the main plain where majority of the Rives-Blanques vines sit. The plot is nearing agriculture biologique certification. Fermented and raised in oak, for 6 months in total, with bâtonnage twice per week. The label declares Nostra terra mentis pas (our soil doesn't lie). Very aromatic on the nose, with white peach and other stone fruits. A lovely, full style on the palate, better defined than the VdP above. Full, fresh, substantial but dry and fresh. A good example of this indigenous variety. 16.5+ points
White

2008 Château Rives-Blanques Vin de Pays d'Oc Chardonnay Chenin Blanc

Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
Fermented in steel, with bâtonnage. No oak. Bottled under screwcap. Rather perfumed and floral on the nose, with the suggestion of sweet and plump fruit. Similarly sweetly ripe fruit on the palate, clean, bright, a little herbal. Soft edges, with fuzzy definition though. Pear and apple fruit. A short finish. Nice, easy-drinking wine. 15 points
White

2008 Château Rives-Blanques Vin de Pays d'Oc Sauvageon

Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
July 2009
A new project, only started in 2007 (in a non-commercial quantity) this is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc cuvée. Managed in a manner akin to the Limoux wines, this means barrel-fermented Sauvignon with a short period of barrel age before bottling. The nose belies the variety, although the palate has more in common with the estate's various Limoux cuvées than with any Sauvignon preconceptions you might bring to this wine. Full, substantial palate, sweet and almost nutty, this is as far from Marlborough Sauvignon as you could get. I know some people find the combination of oak and Sauvignon to be the devil's work, but I really like this. (16-16.5+) points
Red

2005 Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru

Red Bordeaux Blend more

Winedoctor

, Chris Kissack
July 2009
A deep, rich hue in the glass. The fruit is rather restrained at first, although it is certainly there; not well defined perhaps, a melange of dark forest berries, overlaid with a layer of youthful oak which still needs to be shed to gain maximum enjoyment here I think. On the palate though, there is plenty of promise. Richly textured, weighty, in keeping with the vintage, but carried along by a fine substance and acidity. Rich, somewhat savoury, and firm in the finish, this is a young wine from a very reliable estate which has plenty of promise for the future. Nevertheless, after some time in the glass, I found it worked very well with food. 17+ points
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