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Rivesaltes Ambre, Le Temps d'un Oubli, Domaine de Rancy
This is the entry-level Rivesaltes from this famous estate, made using a solera-like system (the base of which is 100 years old!) and offering very good value. Complex, Madeira-like and perfect with blue cheese or chocolate-based desserts.
Price: £18.00 Bottle
Price: £216.00 Case of 12
- Other Fortified
- 7 - Dessert sweetness
- Within five years of purchase
- 18% Alcohol
- no oak influence
- Cork, natural
Domaine de Rancy
The estate was founded in the 1920's at a time of great demand for fortified wines. Eventually the estate sold all its red grapes to the local coop and concentrated instead on making rancio style wines principally from the maccabeu grape variety.
What is rancio? This is very much the traditional way of ageing fortified wine in the Roussillon, either in old casks or sometimes in glass demijohns, non-topped up so allowing for the wine to come into contact with oxygen over many years. Over time there is evaporation of liquids allowing for both acidity and sugar to concentrate. Like great sherry, these wines are virtually immortal and may gain great complexity with age.
The Verdarguer family have made rancio a speciality and have acquired stocks going back over fifty years. A daughter Delphine has joined the buisiness and has led a revival of table wines especially from grenache and mourvèdre.
… deep amber coloured, medium sweet, with great complexity of flavour. Hints of sultanas and dates with good balancing acidity and elegant richness. Perfect accompaniment to chocolate and pear tart, and,...… deep amber coloured, medium sweet, with great complexity of flavour. Hints of sultanas and dates with good balancing acidity and elegant richness. Perfect accompaniment to chocolate and pear tart, and, of course, mince pies!