Domaine de Rancy Sweet wines Rivesaltes Rancy 1959

Rivesaltes Rancy 1959

Location and soil :vin doux 59
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 49 years

BOTTLING in June 2008

Acquired alcohol : 18.00 vol %

Residual sugar : 120.00 gram/liter

Comments about Wine-tasting :
Magnificent mahogany colour, very deep brown. Aromas; rancio, chocolate, fruit in alcohol, tobacco.
Complex flavours : fatty, candied citrus fruit, spices, caramel, walnut, fresh. A high quality rancio.

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

Temperature of service : 13°/15°