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Rivesaltes, Ch. Villargeil. 1958

Rivesaltes, Ch. Villargeil. 1958

Facts and figures
Bottle size: Bottle (75cl)
Case size: N/A
Vintage: 1958
Maturity: Drinking now but will age very well.
Origin: French Regional Wines. > Roussillon
Grape variety: Grenache, Grenache Blanc
Style: Sweet
Alcohol: 15.5%
Tasting Notes
You will not find any other French wine from 1958 with a score of 95 points from the Wine Advocate. These wines are bullet proof and will age well or drink beautifully, once opened they will hold really well too, so you don't have to drink all at once. Ch. Villargeil, though still a wine estate no longer produces this style of wine, in fact no-one does. Phillipe Gayral bought up some of their old barrels and bottles them for us to enjoy. Made from Grenache Rouge, and some Grenache Blanc, fermented to only 8% alcohol, still sweet, then the fermentation is stopped by the addition of 96 % proof alcohol (a process known as Mutage). The resulting wines are left in large glass Demi-Johns to oxidize in the open air before long aging in large oak barrels. This process is no longer used today so these wines are a decreasing rarity. “A very harmonious and pure bouquet with scents of orange rind, quince, Earl Grey and a touch of dry tobacco, exuding great clarity. Vivid! The palate is very well defined with quince and marmalade on the entry. There is no sense of heaviness here, but there is a heartwarming, sensual and viscous texture that seduces the senses, with just the right amount of spice enlivening the finish. This is superb. Drink 2017-2035." 95 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate