September 2014: Jancis Robinson reviews the new vintages of the Rives-Blanques range in her Purple Pages

Undaunted by the task of updating her million-word Oxford Companion to Wine this summer, the redoubtable and wholly admirable Jancis Robinson MW   applied her free evenings  to tasting a number of wines from the Languedoc, whose high-altitude vineyards are the  « source of some of the best value wines in the world ».    The Panman family, she said on her Purple Pages, goes from « strength to strength », making wines with fine acidity that are « great candidates for ageing as well as admirable drinks. »


The highest scorer was our « razor sharp and super sleek »  chardonnay, Odyssée.  « You’d quite happily pay twice as much if it said Puligny on the label » she said.


The ‘really crystalline’ chenin blanc, Dédicace is « a particularly lissome rendition », which shows all the true characteristics of that grape variety, while the « pure and super clean » mauzac, Occitania,  is a « wonderfully precise textbook example of Mauzac Blanc. »


Of the blends of these three varieties, she noted the « great presence and persistence » of La Trilogie, while the « finely etched »  Le Limoux is a « crisp mountain wine ».

A few weeks after this review, she included our late harvest chenin blanc, Lagremas d’Aur 2012  in her selection of Vouvray tasting notes, which can be found here.