1976 Riveyrac Rivesaltes

  • One of the Great Sweet Wines of the World
  • "Ends Very Elegantly, Encouraging Another Sip" ~Neal Martin (VM)
  • 48-Year-Old Sweet Wine
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    About the Wine

    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.

    Tasting Notes: 40% Grenache Noir, 30% Grenache Blanc, 10 % Grenache Gris, 20 % Maccabeo.


    Sweet, fortified wine from the small town of Rivesaltes, near Perpignan, a few miles inland of the Mediterranean in deep southern France. The fruit remains concentrated with good freshness, as well as some dried fruit notes. ~91 Nicholas Jackson, Master of Wine

    The 1976 Rivesaltes Riveyrac  has an airier bouquet that does not quite possess the depth of older vintages: burnt toffee, ginger, a touch spirituous as it opens in the glass. The palate is well balanced. I like the citrus thread here, yuzu and ginger mixed with honeyed tones and toffee, gently opening out on the well-defined finish. Ends very elegantly, encouraging another sip. ~91 Neal Martin (Vinous Media). 

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