This is the first sparkling wine in the world, invented and enjoyed by the Benedictine monks in Limoux around 1500, more than a century before Champagne’s Dom Pérignon discovered the bubbles in his wines which we now called Champagne!
Yes, this sparkling wine is also made by the same method - Methode Traditionelle where the 2nd fermentation takes place in the bottle. i.e. more laborious and time consuming method (i.e. more expensive method) compared to the tank method that they use in Prosecco.
This is as crisp and clean sparkling wine. It is made from the historic grape variety of the region called Mauzac. This wine also spends at least one year on the lees after its second fermentation in the bottle.
Food Pairing: As aperitif..i.e. on its own. Great as a pre-BBQ or pre party drink! Why have aperitif?! It's not for show or for posers! The good acidity in the wine will initiative salivation and also prepare your palate for the coming food/meal!
The warm and humble Panman family who welcomed us when we visited.
Rives Blanques in Limoux is near the Spanish border facing the Pyrenees mountains (borders France and Spain).