Dom Brial Rivesaltes Ambre Grande Reserve 1959, 1969 & 1979

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We are delighted to offer an exquisite collection of incredibly rare and old Rivesaltes Ambré Grande Reserve from Vignobles Dom Brial, a cooperative not far from Perpignan. The six bottle collection contains two bottles of three different vintages – 1959, 1969 and 1979 – all bottled in 2009, making them respectively 50, 40 and 30 years old, ages more commonly associated with single malt whisky. Each bottle comes in an individual wooden case.


As Robert Parker has said, Languedoc-Roussillon produces some of the greatest values in sweet and fortified dessert wines in Europe… Almost all of these wines can handle considerable aging and are remarkable for their value, particularly when compared with the soaring prices for vintage and tawny ports.” Jancis Robinson also makes a similar comparison when it comes to old Rivesaltes, saying that they are “reminiscent of an old tawny or Colheita port… they are brilliant bargains for marking anniversaries.” These would make a perfect gift for fans of long-aged sweet wines, people with a penchant for vertical tastings, those with 30, 40 or 50th birthdays to mark or anyone with significant anniversaries in years ending in a 9.


Although not yet reviewed by the mainstream critics, they regularly receive high ratings in Le Guide Hachette des Vins and Gold Medals from Concours Général Agricole de Paris. And having tasted them in the office, we can confirm that they are exceptional (find our tasting notes below).


Each wine is a blend of Macabeu, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris aged in old foudres and Dom Brial recommend these as a perfect aperitif or accompaniment to strong cheese or cigars.


As well as the collections, we are also able to offer FINE+RARE’s personal favourite – the 1969 – in cases of six…

Rivesaltes Ambre Grande Reserve Dom Brial Collection 1959 1969 1979 Languedoc Roussillon Sweet Wine France Macabeu Grenache Blanc Gris