October 2014: Allen Meadows (“Burghound”) tastes our Chardonnays and Cremant de Limoux in the course of his Special Report on Limoux

The undisputed American King of  Burgundy and Champagne critics, Allen Meadows – who writes under the sobriquet Burghound – published a Special Report on the Limoux  appellation in the latest edition of his globally read tasting notes.

There has been “a significant increase in international recognition of Limoux” he says,  where wines which “undeniably offer fine price-quality ratios” can be found.  Comparing  Limoux white wines to white Burgundies,  he also urged his readers ” to consider Limoux Crémant wines as worthy candidates”.

“I like the intensity of the mousse”, he said of the Rives-Blanques Crémant.

He especially recommended our  chardonnay-based blend called Le Limoux  as “excellent value”, citing its “delicious, opulent and viscous medium-weight flavors”.

The “caressing mouthfeel” of our 100% chardonnay, Odyssée,  offers  “good quality in a frank style” with “good concentration to the very lush medium-bodied flavors”.

And the “fine depth and persistence” of our top blend, La Trilogie,  earned it 88 points.

The Rives-Blanques  wines were tasted alongside other sparkling and still wines from the appellation, made by a dozen of its independent  producers.   The scores, and particularly the tasting notes, underline what excellent value the appellation’s family-run vineyards offer in terms of price and quality.