Fortified wine. Grenache varietal.
In the South of France, there is a long tradition of producing fortified wines, particularly in the appellations of Maury, Rivesaltes and Banyuls. The producers of these vins doux naturels often kept the best vintages for blending in with the weaker ones. Undisturbed in 500-liter casks for decades, these wines were only recently-bottled at the Domaine. Ready to drink now, these rarities offer an ideal opportunity to enjoy some of the most legendary vintages at very attractive prices. 92 Points Robert Parker’s WIne Advocate "The 1959 Rivesaltes from Domaine La Sobilane has a lively nose with scents of smoked walnut, mandarin, dried orange peel and sandalwood, all well-defined and never declining in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with good presence, the acidity nicely judged and any volatile acidity kept in check. Ginger, orange zest marmalade and a hint of curry powder lace the finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a beautiful old Rivesaltes. Drink 2016-2030” — Neal Martin, tasted in 2016