Domaine de Rancy Sweet wines Cuvée 1982 & 1985

Cuvée 1982 & 1985

Location and soil :
Schistose and clayish-chalky parcels on the territories of Latour de France, Estagel and Montner. The estate possesses 15 hectares in total, out of which 12 devoted to the production of Rivesaltes.

Grapes varieties :
95 % of macabeu grapes, a typical variety of Catalan orign with exquisitely fine aromas.
5 % of Grenache blanc, adding body and volume to the macabeu.

Average age of the vineyard : 50 years

Yield : 20 hectoliters per ha

Vinification :
Check of grape maturity and picking at a stage of over-ripeness by hand exclusively
Picking exclusively by hand
Direct pressing in a 35 hectoliter Sutter press
Exclusive use of naturally present local yeast flora, no addition of industrial yeasts
Slow fermentation (10-15 days) with temperature control, followed by muting with alcohol

Aging :
First year on the fine lees in concrete vats
Aging in barrels from the second years onwards
Further aging in various sized hundred-year-old barrels for 23 and 24 years

BOTTLING in april 2006

Acquired alcohol : 18.00 vol %

Residual sugar : 120.00 gram/liter

Comments about Wine-tasting :
A monster of concentration, nose ultra powerful and untamed, with strange marks in their union of burned tyre and bitter oranges, walnut, fig, gum(eraser) of old tree, bark of oak, wet earth(ground), And so many(much) more still, incredibly length, of very big rustic.

Food pairings :
Chocolate, cigars, exceptional wines to be consumed just for the end of a meal.

Temperature of service : 13°/15°

note 1985