• Domaine Le Vieux Chene 1985 Rivesaltes

Domaine Le Vieux Chene 1985 Rivesaltes This domaine is located in the Rivesaltes appellation that has more clay limestone and sand soils. The wine is a blend of 50% Maccabeo, the rest a blend of Grenache noir, Grenache gris, and Malvoisie. Still some red berry fruits after all these years with more of a light baking spice and nut notes. D&M Tasting Notes

 While working for a co-op in French Catalonia, Phillipe Gayral visited many small family estates, uncovering the best fortified wines and grapes that populate Roussillon in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Perhaps his greatest discovery was the personal reserves most families kept in barrels for themselves – what the French call a “poire pour la soif” or “a pear for thirst” – often marking important years in family history or saved for rainy days or just to see how a particularly fine vintage would age. Over the course of the last 20 years Phillipe and his wife, Sandrine, began buying these very special foudres, building up the largest collection of “French Vin Doux Naturels” in the world and eventually founded Muse Vintage Wines in 2005.

The Gayrals are passionate and meticulous, bottling these wines on their estate, and working with the French government and authorities of the region to access all of the relevant information for each wine they are releasing, allowing them to precisely identify the family, origin and vintage from which the barrels came. These extremely refined fortified wines represent the very best wines in the region, covering three appellations, Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury with vintages spanning from 1909 to 1985. True pieces of French history, they are now available for the first time in the United States. 

 

Domaine Le Vieux Chene 1985 Rivesaltes

  • $89.99


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