Rivesaltes 1958 Chateau Villargeil
Philippe Gayral purchased the single foudres of 1958 Rivesaltes from Château Villargeil in 2009. It has a very harmonious and pure bouquet with scents of orange rind, quince, Earl Grey and a touch of dry tobacco, exuding great clarity. Vivid! The palate is very well defined with quince and marmalade on the entry. There is no sense of heaviness here, but there is a heartwarming, sensual and viscous texture that seduces the senses, with just the right amount of spice enlivening the finish. This is superb. Tasted June 2017.
Cask sample. From near Le Boulou near Les Albères. They made vin doux naturel decades before the creation of the name vin doux naturel. Mainly Grenache Noir.
Greenish-orange colour. Spicy nose with some bitter orange-peel notes. Different texture than some. Chalky, smooth tannins. Lots of acidity. Very clean end.