I've become increasingly familiar with Mauzac over the last few days as I am staying near Limoux at the moment - Mauzac features here even more strongly than it does in Gaillac, where as others have indicated it is blended with other oddities such as Ondenc and Len de l'El. I have recently had a Gaillac Doux, a sweet wine from Chateau Bal Ségur, but mostly I have been drinking Limoux.
Hoke wrote:Can't say I've had those obscure grapes in anything but a blend. Doubt there's any varietal renditions out there.
Almost correct....the closest you might get from most producers is a Blanquette de Limoux, which is supposed to be 90% Mauzac (although I know some producers fudge this a little bit, as they believe the wines are better with less Mauzac and more Chardonnay/Chenin), even though these latter wines would perhaps be better under the more recently created Crémant de Limoux appellation, which was brought into existence for this very purpose - here Mauzac plays a minor role with up to 90% Chardonnay/Chenin.
There is one producer, however, and they may well be the only people doing this, producing a varietal Mauzac, and that is Chateau Rives-Blanques (link to my profile which I will be updating soon after my recent visit: http://www.thewinedoctor.com/languedoc/rivesblanques.shtml
). Here Jan and Caryl Panman make 3 100% varietal cuvées, one each from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Mauzac, as well as a blended cuvée; the Mauzac (Cuvée Occitania) is pretty good, quite nicely fruity but with good acidity and a recent bottle went well with some barbecued salmon:Domaine Rives-Blanques Limoux Cuvée Occitania Mauzac 2008:
This cuvée, 100% Mauzac, is sourced from a 2 hectare plot just below the main plain where majority of the Rives-Blanques vines sit. The plot is nearing agriculture biologique
certification. Fermented and raised in oak, for 6 months in total, with bâtonnage twice per week. The label declares Nostra terra mentis pas
(our soil doesn't lie). Very aromatic on the nose, with white peach and other stone fruits. A lovely, full style on the palate, better defined than the Rives-Blanques vin de pays
wines. Full, fresh, substantial but dry and well-defined. A good example of this indigenous variety. 16.5+/20 (July 2009)