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Rivesaltes is is a sweet wine appellation covering a large portion of Rousillon, France. It is the largest sweet appellation in the country, and the wines are produced as simply Rivesaltes as well as Ambre, Grenat, Tuilé, Hors d’Age, Rivesaltes Rancio and Muscat de Rivesaltes. 
The wines are vin doux naturels, naturally sweet fortified wines. These are produced using the mutage method developed by 13th century physician Arnaud de Villeneuve that adds spirit to fermenting grapes to halt fermentation and preserve their natural sweetness. 
*Grenat is a deep red wine made from at least 75% Grenache, aged a minimum of nine months. These are sweet with a berried freshness. 
*Ambre is produced with Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Maccabeu and Tourbat (Torbato) comprising the majority of the blend and up to 20% Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains and Muscat d’Alexandrie (Muscat à Gros Grains). They must be aged two years with exposure Read more »

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  • Muscat

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  • Grenache Blanc

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  • Grenache

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  • Domaine Cazes

    In the heart of the Roussillon, in Rivesaltes, Cazes has near 200 hectares that each year give ri...

  • Agly Brothers

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  • Rivesaltes Grenache-Domaine du Grand Guilhem NV


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  • This Thursday evening at Officine BRERA, I'll get a chance to taste some ... Château Mossé Rivesaltes&nbs Read More

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  • I started a bottle of Domaine Pouderoux Muscat de Rivesaltes one of France's 'Vin Doux Naturel's with my supper of quiche and cheese whilst I watched TV. I then saw the sad news of the death of the famous comedian Ronnie Corbett. He really was a comic genius. The wine was lovely so I raised a glass to him. Read More

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  • Red, it's context:  Pinot is supposed to deliver a certain kind of ... ... to wines like Sauternes, Rivesaltes, Tokaji, the sweet wines of Maury, but it doesn't really mesh well with other kinds of grapes and the RS in those wines is often a result of botrytis.I've had some much more expensive wines that didn't float my boat, and I could proba... Read More

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  • "As of 2010, Airén was estimated to be the world's 3rd most ... Redondal, Retagliadu Nieddu, Rivesaltes, Roussillon Tinto, Roussillon, Rouvaillard, Sans Pareil, Santa Maria de Alcantara, Tentillo, Tintella, Tintilla, Tinto Menudo, Tinto Navalcarnero, Tai rosso, Toledana, Uva di Spagna, and Vernatxa. Another question: how many good dessert wine... Read More

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  • Chateau Mosse Rivesaltes Languedoc-Roussillon 1934


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • Croix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambre Vin Doux Naturel NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Since we are talking out of our asses I will join. Our proximity, or lack there ... ... whitesRotten cheese - RivesaltesChocolate chips - Spanish brandySushi - TxakoliBottles of soy sauce - I usually don't mix my drinks but something fruity and a bit sweet, Zinfandel and we'll imagine we're really talking about kalbi ribsFish sauce - Amarone o... Read More

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  • But I'm curious. If you don't really drink much wine, why would you ... ... look for something from Rivesaltes - you can get that stuff for a few bucks and some of it is really good. Or look for Brachetto d'Aqui. Chill it and serve. Smells like strawberries. MUCH cheaper than most wines and maybe more delicious to Read More

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  • Domaine Cazes Muscat de Rivesaltes 2007


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    Wine review by noeldrake

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