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Rancio Sec/Vi Ranci of France

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    Abbe Rous “Matifoc” Rancio Sec

    Abbe Rous “Matifoc” Rancio Sec

    FranceRoussillonCôte Vermeille IGP

    16.5% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    A wine of ancient tradition, Abbé Rous "Matifoc" Rancio sec is produced from old-vine Grenache noir and is aged outdoors in old 600-liter Banyuls demi-muids for up to four years before returning to the cellars for continued oxidative aging. The resulting wine is a blend, with an average age of 10-12 years in partially-filled barrels, resulting in its inimitable rancio character. Full details

    Abbe Rous “Matifoc” Rancio Sec
    Abbe Rous “Matifoc” Rancio Sec
    Terres des Templiers Rancio Sec

    Terres des Templiers Rancio Sec

    FranceRoussillonCôte Vermeille IGP

    16.5% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    Terres des Templiers Rancio Sec descends from an ancient tradition preserved by Catalan winemakers of the Côte Vermeille. From old-vine Grenache noir found on its schist-dominated, terraced vineyards overlooking the sea, the wine is first aged out-of-doors in old demi-muids before returning to the cellars of the producer for extended oxidative aging in old Banyuls casks. The wine is a blend with an average age of 10-12 years spent in partially-filled barrels, resulting in its pronounced rancio character. Full details

    Terres des Templiers Rancio Sec
    Terres des Templiers Rancio Sec
    Tresmontaine ‘Puits aux Souhaits’ Rancio Sec

    Tresmontaine ‘Puits aux Souhaits’ Rancio Sec

    FranceRoussillonCôte Vermeille IGP

    15.5% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    Tresmontaine "Puits aux Souhaits" Rancio sec is the last produced under the auspice of the late winemaker, Bernard Sapéras, who kept it mainly for family and friends. Made from Grenache noir vines with an average age of 70 years and a yield of just 20 hl/ha, it was fermented in old casks over the course of several years before coming to rest in barrels first used for the domaine’s Banyuls blanc. The average age of the blend is 10 years. Full details

    Tresmontaine ‘Puits aux Souhaits’ Rancio Sec
    Tresmontaine ‘Puits aux Souhaits’ Rancio Sec
    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2010

    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2010

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    16.5% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    The lightest and perhaps most "feminine" of the Rombeau Rancio secs, the 2010 is distinguished by its cepage and its shorter elevage, with an increased percentage of Macabeu and, atypically, a small amount of Muscat à Petits Grains (roughly 10%) added to the foundational Grenache blanc and Grenache gris. Vinified in tank with native yeasts, then transferred to an assortment of old barrels, foudres and glass demijohns for 12-18 months aging outdoors. A portion is then returned to the cellars, which rest above ground and lack temperature control, while another portion remains in the "barrel forest" outdoors until the time of blending and bottling. Full details

    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2010
    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2010
    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2009

    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2009

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    16.5% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    The 2009 Rombeau Rancio sec is the most complete and balanced of the Rombeau Rancio secs, displaying the pronounced umami funk of 2008 with the lighter touch of 2010. It was vinified in tank with native yeasts, then transferred to an assortment of old barrels, foudres and glass demijohns for 12-18 months' aging outdoors. A portion is then returned to the cellars, which rest above ground and lack temperature control, while another portion remained in the "barrel forest" until the time of blending and bottling in mid-2016. Full details

    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2009
    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2009
    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2008

    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2008

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    16.5% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    The most evolved of the Rombeau Rancio secs, the 2008 exhibits a pronounced "rancio funk" while nevertheless retaining its complexity and rough good manners. It was vinified in tank with native yeasts, then transferred to an assortment of old barrels, foudres and glass demijohns for 24 months' aging outdoors. A portion was then returned to the cellars, which rest above ground and lack temperature control, while another portion remained in the "barrel forest" until the time of blending and bottling in mid-2016. Full details

    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2008
    Dom de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2008
    Dom Jorel “La Garrigue” Rancio Sec

    Dom Jorel “La Garrigue” Rancio Sec

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    16.0% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    Manuel Jorel’s first Rancio sec was the result of the scorching 2003 vintage and amongst the most unique in the Sotolon Selections portfolio. His small parcel of Macabeu grapes began to shrivel on the vine; he picked the grapes and set about making an "orange wine" with them, leaving the emerging wine on the skins for 28 days. It began to oxidize and he feared the wine lost, but with the advice of an old-timer, he racked the wine into old Rivesaltes casks in the corner of his second cellar (which then doubled as a garage, or garrique). Full details

    Dom Jorel “La Garrigue” Rancio Sec
    Dom Jorel “La Garrigue” Rancio Sec
    Domaine de Sau Rancio Sec

    Domaine de Sau Rancio Sec

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    18.5% Alc/Vol

    A blend of the 2006 and 2007 vintages, the Domaine de Saü Rancio sec is 100% Grenache gris, harvested by hand from a 1.9-hectare plot of 70-year old bush vines. Fermented with native yeasts in epoxy-line steel tanks and left for a week on its skins, its subsequent elevage takes place in one of the most magical places for oxidative wines in all of Roussillon—a former horse barn on the Château de Saü estate. Here, temperatures range from 55–80F and the Tramontana wind blows outside its wooden doors throughout the year, concentrating the wine left to rest in old 225-liter Bordelais fûts. Full details

    Domaine de Sau Rancio Sec
    Domaine de Sau Rancio Sec
    Mas Peyre “Le Démon de Midi” Rancio Sec

    Mas Peyre “Le Démon de Midi” Rancio Sec

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    17.0% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    The Bourrel family inaugurated this solera of overripe, old-vine Macabeu grapes in 2005. Grapes are harvested by hand at 254 g/l residual sugar and, placed into the first of three barrels, are allowed to slowly ferment to dryness. Subsequent elevage in the partially-filled barrels creates an oxidative environment; bottled at an average of six years of age, the "Demon di Midi" (noonday demon) takes on notes of almond, garrigue honey and leather, with a touch of salt emerging at the finish. Full details

    Mas Peyre “Le Démon de Midi” Rancio Sec
    Mas Peyre “Le Démon de Midi” Rancio Sec
    Puig-Parahÿ “Pyror” Rancio Sec

    Puig-Parahÿ “Pyror” Rancio Sec

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    18.5% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    The barrels that winemaker Georges Puig blends to produce "Pyror" were first set down in the early 1960s by his father and grandfather, and have been maintained as "perpetual barrels" ever since, with small amounts withdrawn every few years. The wine—equal parts Grenache blanc, Grenache gris and Macabeu—slowly concentrates in the ancient oak and chestnut barrels, gaining a particular combination of polish and rusticity. Full details

    Puig-Parahÿ “Pyror” Rancio Sec
    Puig-Parahÿ “Pyror” Rancio Sec
    Tresmontaine “Tabacal” Rancio

    Tresmontaine “Tabacal” Rancio

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP

    17.0% Alc/Vol • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    Tresmontaine "Tabacal" Rancio is the last Rancio produced by legendary Roussillon winemaker Fernand Baixas at Arnaud de Villeneuve, prior to his "retirement." (He can now be found with other raconteurs at nearby Domaine de Rombeau.) The blend is 100% Grenache blanc from the 2002 and 2003 vintages, exposed to the elements in glass demijohns for 18 months, then returned to the cellars to rest in old foudres and barrique for an additional 10 years. Full details

    Tresmontaine “Tabacal” Rancio
    Tresmontaine “Tabacal” Rancio