Domaine Sol-Payré Rivesaltes Grenat 2013

(Code: SOLP/GREN/13)
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Domaine Sol-Payré Rivesaltes Grenat 2013
Region Rivesaltes, near Perpignan
Colour/Style Red vin doux naturel
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Duck with tangy sauce, cheese, rich cakes, chocolate
Next day 
Improves for days (even weeks), once opened
Drink Anytime over the next 10+ years
100% old vine Grenache, harvested at the peak of maturity, with yields of just 20hl/ha. The grapes are given a long maceration, followed by "mutage sur grains" (the addition of a small amount of grape brandy to the must) which stops the fermentation, thus retaining both intense fruit flavours and a certain amount of residual grape sugar. The nose simply brims with rich, ripe bramble and cassis fruit, with all manner of herb and spice notes, balsam, damp earth and fine eau de vie. The palate is even more fruit-filled and rich, with the fresh red/black fruits augmented by hints of fig, prune and soused black cherry, with fine, relatively soft tannins and ample acidity. The result is a tangy, sweet-sour style of wine which is dangerously drinkable. And whilst utterly lovely on its own, it will go equally well with savoury dishes such as duck with a rich red wine jus, foie gras or assorted cheeses, as well as rich fruitcakes and - yes - chocolate. In fact, it provided a fantastic foil for my home-made chocolate tart, with a side serving of freshly-scrumped Languedoc cherries!