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Rivesaltes

One of the ‘big three’ fortified dessert wine appellations of the Roussillon, Rivesaltes focuses on white grapes, with grenache blanc and grenache gris playing vital roles. Pink and red Rivesaltes wines do exist but are less common. Occasionally, producers will allow for longer aging of white Rivesaltes without topping up the barrels, which brings oxidative flavors and a hint of mystery to the wines. In the case of the Domaine de Saü, long aging in the Passama family’s drafty horse barn has transformed their Rivesaltes into powerful, endlessly complex wines.