Rivesaltes Rancio is an appellation given to a specific vin doux naturels produced within Rivesaltes in the Rousillon region in France. Rivesaltes is the largest sweet appellation in the country and comes in several styles. The wines 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.
Rivesaltes Rancio are produced as oxidated, sweet white wines that are either white or red. The whites are made 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). For reds, the majority of the blend is at least 50% Grenache Noir, with smaller percentages of Grenache Gris or Blanc, Maccabeu and Tourbat. These wines are aged several years (a minimum of 5) on oak with exposure to air, imparting Read more »