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Philippe Gayral’s Vin Doux Natural

Derek - Thu, March 10, 2016

Vin Doux Naturals

At Farr Vintners

Château Mossé

Pyrènees Orientales - Roussillon

Rivesaltes 1946

Grenache Noir 60% Maccabeu (Maccabeo) 20% Grenache Gris 20%

96 2016-36

Almonds, hazel nuts and apricots the nose has lots of complexity the start of the palate sweet, rich honeyed. There is a balancing freshness slightly lighter at the back bramble a bowlful of nuts finish fragrant with good length and remarkably youthfulness.

Prieure du Monestir del Camp

Pyrènees Orientales - Roussillon

Rivesaltes 1949

Grenache Noir 70% Grenache Blanc 20% Grenache Gris 10%

94 2016-34

Fragrant red fruits red cherry with a touch of bramble the nose is bright and remarkably fresh. There is sweetness on the mid palate fine ripe tannins rich at the back a mix of black cherry and orange marmalade but fresh light and fragrant on the finish with flavours that linger.

Domaine La Sobilane

Rivesaltes

Roussillon

Rivesaltes 1954

Grenache Noir 100%

94 2016-37

The nose has a fragrant charm light nutty the start of the palate fresh. There is more depth and richness in the middle a tropical fruit mix firmer at the back slightly tight but it does open up on the finish the fruit underpinned by hazel nuts and almonds.

Rivesaltes 1955

Grenache Noir 100%

94 2016-37

The nose has a mix of fragrances a bowlful of nuts depth of fruit on the palate ripe apricot and black cherry layers of flavour lots of complexity. Spicy dried fruits at the back depth richness yet the finish is lighter fragrant floral with flavours that last well.

Rivesaltes 1956

Grenache Noir 100%

92 2016-36

Fragrant nutty the nose is bright the palate sweet at the start with rich ripe apricots. Bright in the middle tropical fruit freshness it is light and fragrant at the back layers of flavour the finish peachy and long.

Rivesaltes 1957

Grenache Noir 100%

92 2016-36

The nose has a mix of fragrances almonds and hazel nuts tropical fruits and the palate has complexity. Sweet and ripe in the middle apricot and orange peel richness yet at the back the fruit is fresh the finish light with a floral charm.

Rivesaltes 1958

Grenache Noir 100%

93 2016-38

Tropical fruits fragrant floral the nose has lots of charm the palate richer with ripe apricot and candied peel. There is an underlying balancing freshness layers of flavour a complex mix of fruits the back palate quite light with tropical fruits and peach the fruit lingering on the finish.

Rivesaltes 1959

Grenache Noir 100%

96 2016-40

Rich fruit ripe fruit the nose has depth apricots and yellow peaches. Orange marmalade and honey enrich the palate sweet fleshy and supple. Lighter at the back the underlying fruit is fresh, a mix of almonds and hazel nuts with a fragrant length to the finish.

Marquis de Boaca

Rivesaltes

Roussillon

Rivesaltes 1955

About 50% or less off Grenache Noir about 30% of white and grey Grenache Gris and then 20% of Maccabeu and Tourbat (Malvoisie du Roussillon)

97 2016-35

Bright fresh the nose has a mix of fragrances the start of the palate firm. Rich and ripe in the middle orange marmalade and liquorice underpinned by black cherry. There is enough freshness to balance a feel of harmony with orange peel and almonds on the finish.

La Cuvée des Aigles

Rivesaltes

Roussillon

Rivesaltes 1965

Grenache Noir 70% Grenache Blanc 15% Grenache Gris 15%

92 2016-40

Red fruits and roasted nuts on the nose the start of the palate is bright and spicy. Sweeter in the middle a tropical fruit mix but at the back there is a salty freshness dried grapefruit peel the finish has a mix of nuts a hint of salt and spice.

Rivesaltes 1975

Grenache Noir 70% Grenache Blanc 25% Grenache Gris 5%

93 2016-40

Fragrant floral the nose is bright and the start of the palate light with a fragrant charm. Depth in the middle rich fruit orange marmalade apricots the back palate has a rich mix of flavours. There is an underlying freshness bitter orange peel with the fruit lingering on the finish.

Riveyrac Co-op (Salses-le-Château)

Rivesaltes

Roussillon

Rivesaltes 1966

Grenache Noir 70% Grenache Blanc 10% Grenache Gris 10% Maccabeu 10%

94 2016-40

Red cherry the nose has a rich mix of fruits the palate starts with fresh black fruits bramble and bilberry. There is mid depth sweet fruit liquorice and black cherry and the back palate has a rich mix of flavours. Bright on the finish the red and black fruits red cherry and bramble are backed by hazel nuts and almonds.

Rivesaltes 1969

Grenache Noir 80% + 20% blend of Grenache Blanc Grenache Gris Maccabeu Tourbat

90 2016-38

Firm on the nose the start of the palate has a red fruited freshness. Sweeter in the middle prunes and apricots some dried fruits and although rich on the back palate depth of fruit the finish is light bright and fragrant.

Rivesaltes 1976

Grenache Noir 40% Grenache Blanc 30% Grenache Gris 10% Maccabeo 20%

92 2016-34

Fresh tangerines and tropical fruits the nose is fresh the palate sweeter with mid richness. Lighter at the back the freshness of the fruit brings out pepper and spice the finish has citrusy bitter orange peel freshness.

The heat of the summer meant the Grenache Noir got a bit burnt hence the higher percentage of white grapes.

Rivesaltes 1981

Grenache Noir 70% Grenache Blanc 15% Grenache Gris 15%

93 2016-38

Hazel nuts and walnuts on the nose a mix of black fruits on the palate there is concentration and depth in the middle. Black cherry and a hint of liquorice is backed by black plum yet the finish is lighter with a bramble and bilberry freshness.

Rivesaltes 1986

Grenache Noir 50% Grenache Blanc 30% Grenache Gris 10% Maccabeo 20%

94 2016-40

Depth on the nose ripe apricot and yellow peach the palate has rich fruit figs and dates fleshy and ripe. A touch of citrus peel balances but it is fleshy and ripe at the back sweet fruit the fleshy richness filling out the finish.

Rivesaltes 2000

Grenache Noir 80% Grenache Blanc 10% Grenache Gris 10%

92 2018-44

Fresh on the nose a mix of nuts and black fruits the start of the palate is firm but there is mid sweetness rich in the middle dates and figs. Lighter at the back more of a bramble influence the finish is light, fresh and a bit tight.

Rivesaltes Rancio “Cuvée Fernand Baixas NV

“Bonbonnes de Verre”

Grenache Blanc 50% Grenache Gris 20% Maccabeo 30%

93 2019-40

Peaches and apricots the nose is fragrant and floral the start of the palate bright and fresh. There is mid complexity layers of fruit mid richness with at the back hazel nuts and almonds brightness a youthful freshness.

L’Archiviste

Co-op of Maury

Roussillon

Maury 1977

Grenache Noir 100%

96 2016-40

Nuts, figs, dried fruits there is a lot happening on the nose and a complex mix of flavours on the palate. Sweet and ripe lush fleshy a mix of dates and figs yet there is balance an underling shaved citrus peel freshness a lovely balance.

Maury 1978

Grenache Noir 100%

96 2016-40

The rich mix of fruits is backed by almonds and hazel nuts the palate starts sweet and ripe fleshy black plum and liquorice. The mid richness is balanced by freshness a bowlful of nuts at the back the finish rich with figs and dates.

Maury 2000

Grenache Noir 100%

93 2018-45

The nose has a powerful mix of flavours the palate rich with fleshy black plum and firmer black cherry. Chocolate, dates and figs in the middle the fruit is ripe the back palate fleshy but there is freshness firmness at the back the finish a bit tight.

Maury 2005

Grenache Noir 100%

92 2020-45

Black fruits the nose has bramble freshness the palate depth of flavour rich in the middle chocolate and dates the tannins are firm supporting the fruit the back palate is a bit tight but it fills out on the finish rich and ripe with figs and dates.

Maury 2009

Grenache Noir 100%

93 2020-45

The nose has a mix of fruits black cherry, some bramble and damson plum. Sweet on the start of the palate depth of fruit lots of figs and dates the mid richness backed by firm black cherry the finish is quite tight and the moment.

Le Vieux Chêne

Roussillon

Rivesaltes 1985

Maccabeo 50% + 50% Grenache Gris Grenache Blanc Malvoisie (Mlavoisie no more than 10%)

93 2016-36

Fresh red fruits rosehips wild strawberries the nose has a fragrant charm the start of the palate richer sweet with depth of flavours. Bright at the back fragrant hints of spice balance with shaved orange peel the red fruits lingering on the long finish.

Sisqueille

Roussillon

Sisqueille 1874

Vin de Liqueur

Grenache Noir 70% + 305 Grenache Blanc Grenache Gris Maccabeo Tourbat

98 2016-35

Fragrant nutty the nose has a mix of red and black fruits the palate seductive and rich smooth and supple with black plum, sloe and black cherry. Peachy in the middle sensual the back palate is bright a hint of aniseed backed a mix of herbs, orange peel and white pepper.

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