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  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17-17.5+ points

    (Chateau Rives-Blanques Limoux La Trilogie) 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.
  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2012, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (Château Rives-Blanques Limoux La Trilogie) Perhaps the domaine’s most successful wine, this is a blend of the three varieties of Limoux, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac. There is also some oak here too, as evident on the nose, which although attractive with its sweet citrus tones reminiscent of orange zest and orange oils, rich and defined, there are also cashew nut edges from the barrels. I also find some peachy notes, and a scented character, giving it a very lightly musky edge, as well as hints of acacia. On the palate it has a sense of tense, structured poise, with lightly pithy fruit, dry and grippy, with good fruit texture. There is still quite some grip reflecting the oak élevage here. And it is still very primary, at not-quite four years of age. Clearly there is some serious potential for further development here, a thought reinforced by the wine’s sappy, lengthy, grippy finish. This is one that should have been left in the cellar.

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