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Domaine Sainte Croix Rivesaltes 1938

rrp: $350.00

$231.00 per bottle

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Grenache Noir 70%, Grenache Gris 30%. "Seriously good-value sweet wine antiques that you can drink over quite a time as they retain their fruit and freshness well in an opened bottle..." Jancis Robinson MW

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Rosemary George in her book ‘The Wines of the South of France’ says that the traditional taste of Rivesaltes is the gout de rancio of gentle oxidation. This is often achieved by keeping the wine in large oak casks for some years, as many as twenty. With time the wine turns brown, and it begins to smell of rich Christmas cake and taste sweet and raisiny with a lovely long, nutty tang.

In the case of this 1947 it was kept in one large oak cask for 59 years, with no topping up just sleeping through the second half of the 20th Century.

Jancis Robinson MW on Rivesaltes ‘Seriously good-value sweet wine antiques that you can drink over quite a time as they retain their fruit and freshness well in an opened bottle...’ www.jancisrobinson.com Purple Pages. Jancis says that it is one of the few wines that happily partner chocolate.

Andrew Jefford in ‘The New France’ says that the top of the range Rivesaltes is based on approximately 75% Grenache Noir. He says that it is worth noting that for those who pay £200 a bottle to drink Echezeaux or St-Emilion cropped at 20 hectolitres per hectare, that the average yield for Rivesaltes in 1998 was 16.5 hl/ha. It is anyone’s guess what it was in 1947.

Various tasting notes talk about the wine’s vitality, lifted aromas of juicy raisins and chocolate. A remarkably smooth, silky and gently weighted palate. Hints of coffee, prunes and orange peel with a spicy finish. Gosh, it is almost ...

Provenance - a cold European cellar

Name Domaine Sainte Croix 
Vintage 1938
Type Rouge/Red
Appellation Rivesaltes
Grape Varieties Grenache Noir 70%, Grenache Gris 30% 
Format 750ml 
Soil chalky – clay and some gravel
Winemaking  Harvested by hand, late in the season to have a perfect maturity Fortified Wine.
Ageing Bottled January
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What is Rivesaltes? An almost forgotten wine with a long history, dating back to the Vatican archives of 1394.

It is a partly fortified wine where the fermentation is stopped and fortified to finish at about 21% alcohol. It comes from the most southern appellation in France on the Spanish Mediterranean border.