Rivesaltes, Riveyrac 1960
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The 1960 Rivesaltes has a lucid tawny hue, slightly deeper in color than vins doux naturels of similar age. It has a compelling bouquet with marmalade, allspice, cloves and a slight peatiness perhaps coming from its proximity to the coast. The palate is fresh and vibrant, with just the right amount of viscosity, beautifully poised with shimmering notes of orange zest, allspice, lemongrass and quince. The detail here is stupendous, and the finish almost clinical in its precision. It is one of the finest vins doux naturels that I have tasted from Philippe Gayral. Drink 2017-2040.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim Se), September 2017|
Pale orange tawny. Yellow rim. Pruny and very rich. Lots of fruit. Lots of dry finish. Racy and treacly and fresh. Quite lip-smacking.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2017|
Incredible piquant spices – mace, pepper, chilli powder. Long, dense, intense – not just complex, but complicated and challenging. Rancio, honey, black tea. A snapshot of a different world.
|Score: 19.5||Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2018|
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