Languedoc and Roussillon, fizz and whites 2020

Rives-Blanques Mauzac illustration by artist David Hawson

The first part of a massive report on current wines from the Languedoc and Roussillon: over 180 white and sparkling wines. Reds will follow and rosés will be included in a special tasting article devoted to pink wines from around the world.

The gorgeous sketch above is by David Hawson, who did the illustrations for Prue Leith’s cookbook, Prue: My All-time Favourite Recipes, and her range of greeting cards. Inspired by a tasting note for their 2016 Rives-Blanques Occitania Mauzac from Limoux, in which Jancis provocatively described the wine as 'local but civilised', Caryl Panman asked David to...