Domaine de Rancy Sweet wines Rivesaltes Rancy 1948

Rivesaltes Rancy 1948 - 50 cl

Location and soil :vin doux 1948
Schistose and clayish-chalky parcels on the territories of Latour de France, Estagel and Montner.
The estate possesses 17 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 64 years

BOTTLING in February 2012

Acquired alcohol : 18.00 vol %

Residual sugar : 120.00 gram/liter

Comments about Wine-tasting :
This Rivesaltes of 1948 recently bottled (in March, 2012) presents marks of furniture polish and beeswax which do not haveto hide the incredible freshness of sap and intensity of the flavors.

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

Temperature of service : 13°/15°

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