Riveyrac Rivesaltes 1986

Riveyrac Rivesaltes 1986

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Philippe Gayral (dubbed “The Archiviste of the Roussillon” by Jancis Robinson) has been going round the old domaines of the area buying up old barrels from the cave co-operative of Rivesaltes who kept back old vintages for blending, and bottling the wines under the “Riveyrac” label. Made from late-picked grapes that are fortified and brought up to a natural degree that they would have reached if fermented out fully, the wines are then aged in demijohns and large oak for decades. Deliciously sweet, marmalade-y spice is balanced by some crisp acidity.

Once opened the bottle will last for at least 6 months and usually up to a year.

Wine Details

Type Fortified
Country France
Region Roussillon
Producer Riveyrac
Vintage 1986
Main grapes Grenache
Size 75cl