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A.O.C. Muscats du Languedoc

A.O.C. Muscats du Languedoc
 

Muscat de Rivesaltes is an appellation for the historic vins doux naturels from a relatively large area of Roussillon, in southern France, covering a total of 99 communes, and the majority of the Pyrenees-Orientales administrative departement. It is the largest single sweet wine appellation in France. Muscat de Rivesaltes wines are made predominantly from Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains and Muscat d'Alexandrie in varying ratios, according to the style desired by the individual producer. Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains is used to bring aromas of exotic and citrus fruits while Muscat d'Alexandrie brings a deeper bouquet of white flowers and ripe stone fruit. Collectively the wines show aromas of peach, lemon, mango and occasionally fresher, herbaceous notes like mint. These aromas all change with ageing, (which take place mostly in the bottle to preserve the fresher aromas) and the wines take on aromas of honey and baked stone fruits.
 

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With their high levels of residual sugar, the wines are relatively viscous, and are pale gold in color, sometimes tinged with green or gold. The technique used to produce these wines is one of several used to create sweet wines. Unlike botrytized wines or ice wines, vins doux naturels are made by mutage, a process of stopping must fermenting while there is still a high level of natural sweetness. The grapes are not purposely left on the vine, as other sweet wine techniques.

A.O.C. Muscats du Languedoc

Muscat de Rivesaltes, is an appellation for the vins doux naturels. Here the high quality, small-berried Muscat à Petits Grains and the larger-berried Muscat d'Alexandrie (also known by some as the Muscat à Gros Grains) are harvested at 30 hl/ha, as is the case for Rivesaltes per se, the fermentation arrested, and the resulting sweet, fortified wine is protected from oxidation - unlike many of the Rivesaltes styles - and usually bottled soon in order to preserve fruit freshness.
  A.O.C. Muscats du Languedoc One or two may consider ageing their wine in wood, but these are the exceptions to the rule. Overall, there are a myriad of styles in Rivesaltes; it is very difficult to make valid generalisations. One pertinent observation is that, with the fall from favour of these traditional styles, especially those that have an oxidised character, prices can be very attractive; occasionally very mature wines, sometimes with decades of barrel age, turn up on the market, often freshly bottled and just released.
In addition, no Roussillon winemakers survive on producing solely Rivesaltes; so as a simple guide to seeking out good examples, simply follow those producers that do well with their Côtes du Roussilllon. When looking for the best wines, consider that Gérard Gauby of Domaine Gauby has produced some good examples, also Régis and son Jean Boucabeille, Marie-Pierre and Serge Baux at Mas Baux, Catherine Jeannin at Mas Cremat, Pierre Escudie at Domaine de Nidolères and Jérôme Malet at Sarda Malet. There are numerous co-operatives, frequently the sources of those mature wines that turn up now and again; some can be enjoyable and good value.
 
A.O.C. Muscats du Languedoc

The most "Muscats du Languedoc" are made by vinification after a short maceration so that the essential aromas are retained. The fermentation is done at a relatively low temperature allowing the wine to keep a complex aroma tinged with various fragrances: lemon-balm, honey or fresh mint, depending on the vintage. If the grapes are left to ripen further on the vine, the aromas of orange blosson and rose can develop. With its youthful charm, this wine should be drunk one or two years after harvesting. It is best served chilled with dessert. To surprise your guests, serve a Muscat de Rivesaltes with foie gras or Roquefort cheese.

Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine  The most important grape varieties for Sweet Natural Wines (Muscat) are Muscat d'Alexandrië, Muscat de Petits Grains.

  The town of Rivesaltes lies just north of Perpignan in the far south of France, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the foothills of the Fenouilledes Mountains. And being located firmly in Catalan territory, Rivesaltes has a very distinct character which combines Spanish elements with French characteristics.

Muscat of Alexandria
 

Maison Cazes - Rivesaltes


Maison Cazes

Maison Cazes - Rivesaltes

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine Organic Wine

Today, Cazes has no less than 200 hectares of vineyards, which produce 15 different wines every year. This diversification has been brought about in part by our desire to experiment and to learn, but above all by the wide variety of terroirs found in the region. Any short tour of the vast amphitheatre that makes up the Roussillon vineyards, bordered in the East by the Mediterranean, in the South by the Pyrénées and in the West by the hills of Corbières will reveal a multiplicity of soil types. Sometimes blackish, because of schistous materials; sometimes white, when the soils are formed by limestone debris from the mountains; sometimes red, when clay dominates; sometimes yellow... these soils make up a wonderful mosaic, carpeting the hillsides and the steep mountain slopes. We produce mainly AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée}wines on the mid-slope terraces of the Vallée d'Agly, situated around the communes of Rivesaltes and of Salses-le-Château, whose soils are made up of siliceous materials, large pebbles, limestone and marls....



Domaine Piquemal - Espira de l'Agly

Domaine Piquemal


Château Abelanet - Fitou

Château Abelanet

 

Caves Rocbère - Portel-des-Corbières

Caves Rocbère

Caves Rocbère - Portel-des-Corbières

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine   

Les Caves Rocbère (Terra Vinea) grow their own grapes, vinify their own wines, bottle and market their own wines. “Les Caves Rocbère » currently produce 10% of the total production of « AOC Corbières », They also do produce Aoc Fitou and Vins de pays d’oc Merlot, Cabernet sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and some natural sweet wines. Come to one of the most celebrated destinations in Languedoc-Roussillon, a region rich in history and things to see! See how people have worked with grapevines, wine and food throughout the ages. Enjoy re-enactments, guided visits and film shows... Here's the programme for this unforgettable journey to the centre of the earth! TERRA VINEA...


Château de Péna - Cases-de-Pène

Château de Péna

Château de Péna - Cases-de-Pène

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine

The cooperative winery in Cases de Pene, a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, goes by many names, but with its Catalan culture, most Americans simply call it "Peña". Situated less than 10 miles from the city of Perpignan, in the Agly Valley of the Pyrénées, the name "Cases de Pene" is a derivation of the Catalan for "house of stones". It is a hot, rugged, wind-swept place with distinctive, marne and black schistic soils. Under the Château de Pena label, Peña makes a fantastic Côtes du Roussillon Villages red, and a number of Muscats and other sweet, fortified wines, for which the Rivesaltes region of the Roussillon is renowned. They have also produced the HPS flagship wine Cuvée de Peña Rouge for nearly twenty years, and offer a range of young, easy drinking wines under the Ninet de Pena label....


Château Lauriga - Thuir

Château Lauriga

Château Lauriga - Thuir

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine

Born among vines, Jacqueline and René clar were able to fulfi l their dream, to come back to the world of wine, creating from a few family vineyards a 60-ha estate around a renovated “mas” or farmhouse and a winery suited to the latest winemaking techniques. moved by a deep love of wine, Jacqueline and René Clar have one and only objective, to turn Lauriga into a reference and quality estate. …it was called ‘Laurinya’. this ancient terroir is located in the aspres, near the town of thuir, home to Byrrh aperitive wines. over the years it became ‘Lauriga’, then ‘Vigné del rey’, the King’s vineyard, when given to the abbey of cuixà by the King of France in 1068. Its reputed wines were served at the table of the King of Aragon. When taking the estate over, the clars took back the original name of ‘Lauriga’....

 
 
Other Wineries, Producers for "Muscats du Languedoc" with links!

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Château Abelanet
Domaine Bertrand-Bergé
Château de Caladroy
Domaine du Capitat
Maison Cazes
Mas Del Mas
Château Les Fenals
 
 
Domaine de la Fount
Domaine Grand Guilhem
Château Lauriga
Domaine Lepaumier
Domaine Maynadier
Château Mossé
Les Maîtres Vignerons du Paradis
 
 
Château de Péna
Domaine Piquemal
Caves Rocbère
Domaine de Roudène
Domaine Salvat
Château de Valmy
Château Wiala
 
 
 
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