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.
Inquire about other birth year wines; we have additional vintages available.
Blend: Mostly Grenache Noir
*Original Wood Case is available.
The 1986 Rivesaltes from Riveyrac has more complexity and vigor, touches of marmalade and ginger, just a little smudged at first, but it gains clarity while retaining its welcome volatile kick. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, marmalade and quince, harmonious and quite caressing in the mouth with a dash of white pepper, ginger and dried orange peel on the finish. Very fine - I can imagine this with a nice slab of Comté! ~90WA