If you want the best wines, go for Rivesaltes. Rivesaltes is one of the great sweet wines of the world. Produced in the Languedoc Roussillon region of SW France, these wines live for decades since they are fortified. They can be produced from both white and red grapes, although Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Muscat, Macabeu, and Malvasia prevail in the region. The wines are sweetened only with the natural grape sugars present at harvest. For this reason they are called Vin Doux Naturel.
These special wines make fantastic birth year gifts. Imagine drinking a wine born in the same year as you! But, they are also a perfect way to travel in time. These wines are like time capsules from another era. If you listen and taste carefully, these wines often have amazing stories to tell.
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The 1955 Rivesaltes from Philippe Gayral's new find, Domaine La Sobilane, has a slightly more conservative bouquet compared to other vintages, touches of marzipan and crème brûlée infusing the walnut and hazelnut aromas. The palate is viscous on the entry, honeyed in texture, very cohesive with chocolate, walnut and vanilla extract on the seductive finish. This is very fine. ~91WA
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