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1946 Rivesaltes Vin Doux Naturel

Steve_K Dec 7, 2009 12:03 PM

I have just been given a 1946 Rivesaltes Vin Doux Naturel.
All I can find on google is for a white, though this is red (Grenache, I assume). Can anybody shed light on a drinking window, and what it would go with? I have had plenty of Maury and other red VDNs before, but never a Rivesaltes (and never one that age)


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    RicRios RE: Steve_K Dec 7, 2009 02:12 PM

    It seems you might well be within drinking window.
    Here's a TN for 1946 Cave de Rivesaltes red: http://www.bbr.com/region-985-rivesaltes

    BTW, Rivesaltes AOC allows for 4 grapes: grenache, macabeu, malvoisie & muscat, although reds are primarily made from grenache noir. Also (as the previous link indicates) beware of the "naturel" portion in VDN, since these wines are fortified.

    Which producer you got?

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      Steve_K RE: RicRios Dec 7, 2009 08:35 PM

      Thanks, it is indeed from Cave de Rivesaltes - that looks like exactly the one! I have found Berry Bros windows to be pretty good in the past, so at now-2020 I might keep this for my 30th!

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        Pigloader RE: Steve_K Dec 8, 2009 06:00 PM

        I've always liked those wines, although I haven't had the reds as often. Dom. Cazes makes a tasty one that's pretty affordable-- i had the 96 vintage. Never had one that old, though-- I bet it's gonna be cool. Report back on how it shows!

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