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December 2019
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Best value MAPS of FRANCE, and keeping the children amused

Rives-Blanques wines recommended in Hugh Johnson’s iconic Pocket Wine Book 2020

An extraordinary amount of information is packed into this little pocket-sized reference, a constant companion for wine buffs and novices alike ever since it was first published 43 years ago, including food and wine pairings, vintage reports, grape varieties, some very good general bons mots from the author himself, and quite a lot of […]

Day-by-day on a knife edge – October’s diary of Chateau Rives-Blanques’ vineyard

Sunday October 2

Oh you amazing, magnificent mauzac! How much longer can you make us dance to your tune? A couple of days? A week? Ten days? Just how much longer can you hold out?

(How much longer can we hold out?)

The grapes look beautiful, and they are basking in the sunshine, in […]

The 2016 harvest at Rives Blanques is well underway.

After a quick foray into the vines to hand-pick grapes for our sparkling wines last week, the harvest went into full swing today, as we machine harvested our Pays d’Oc. On Monday we will continue hand-picking the grapes for our white Limoux wines – and continue doing so, hopefully, until the end. This is two […]

A celebration for Occitania . . .

September 2016 and Jancis Robinson pays a huge compliment to the Rives-Blanques Mauzac, Occitania, making it a “wine of the week”

Mrs Robinson also reviewed all Rives Blanques’ new releases this month, those tasting notes can be found here.


Diary of a vineyard: September’s harvest at Rives Blanques / Work in progress!

by Family Panman

September marched in like an army on the attack: searing searchlights scanning a night sky thunderously full of rumbling grumbling. What a storm! The vines held their breath and scuttled for cover. This is emphatically not how we like to start a harvest.

But again the gods were good, and […]

Dog Days at Rives-Blanques, July 2015

JULY 2015 VINE LINES The regular newsletter on the wines, vines and times at Rives-Blanques

by Jan Panman Cépie 22 July 2015

It’s the Canicule! A stultifying, stupefying, grinding, relentless, unforgiving and exhausting heat not experienced in over 100 years, they say … but the grapes are magnificent: no sign of stress or thirst […]

Spring at Rives Blanques


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A glass of sunshine: introducing Limoux’s new-look logo (above)


The wettest March in recorded history, followed by what seemed to be the sunniest April, put us squarely into Spring, as you will […]

Rives Blanque’s Vine Lines

This has already been a momentous year, even though it has hardly started.

Yet the blaze of brilliant sunsets splashed across our horizon nearly every day this month surely portends a beautiful and better tomorrow – which is what we wish you.

Well, the good […]

November amongst the vines at Rives-Blanques

“Bubble bubble toil and trouble” a fermenting barrel, one of the main actors in this month’s Shakespearean drama

Incredible that exactly a month ago we were sitting down to our harvest lunch, back-slapping and smugly congratulating each other on a very good harvest.

Since then, we have traversed the mysterious terrain that lies […]

Vine Lines for September – Harvest Time !

September is already on its final lap, but our harvest hasn’t even got past the starting block.

True, we did a bit of moonlighting and quickly nipped in for a drop of zesty machine-harvested reserve for our country wine one night last week, but as for the rest? Pouf, as they say en francais, […]