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Chateau Sisqueille Rivesaltes
Chateau Sisqueille Rivesaltes

1946  

Château Sisqueille was one of the biggest estates in Roussillon, reaching around 200 hectares at the beginning of the 20th century, when the Sisqueille family was one of the richest in the area. All of the wines were carefully kept in the familiy cellar in original oak barrels (foudres and demi-muids) and bottled between 2005 and 2013. The wines are a blend of the 3 Grenaches, with a majority of Grenache Noir and smaller quantities of Macabeu and Malvoisie. -- While working for a co-op in French Catalonia, Phillipe Gayral visited many small family estates, uncovering the best fortified wines and grapes that populate Roussillon in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Perhaps his greatest discovery was the personal reserves most families kept in barrels for themselves - what the French call a "poire pour la soif" or "a pear for thirst" - often marking important years in family history or saved for rainy days or just to see how a particularly fine vintage would age. Over the course of the last 20 years Phillipe and his wife, Sandrine, began buying these very special foudres, building up the largest collection of " French Vin Doux Naturels" in the world and eventually founded Muse Vintage Wines in 2005. The Gayrals are passionate and meticulous, bottling these wines on their estate, and working with the French government and authorities of the region to access all of the relevant information for each wine they are releasing, allowing them to precisely identify the family, origin and vintage from which the barrels came. These extremely refined fortified wines represent the very best wines in the region, covering three appellations, Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury with vintages spanning from 1909 to 1985. True pieces of French history, they are now available for the first time in the United States.

$200.00
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Quinta do Noval Nacional
Quinta do Noval Nacional

2019  

"The 2019 Vintage Port Nacional is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in old wood. It was bottled May 4, 2021, with 100 grams of residual sugar and 19.4% alcohol. This opened rather differently than the regular Noval Port this report, showing more open and expressive fruit, more cherries and even more power as they both aired out. The aromatics are excellent here too, but more fruit driven. When I came back to both some two days later, this brilliant and graceful Nacional made the wonderful regular Noval seem clumsy. It's the difference in styles, really, and reasonable minds might differ in preference, but this Nacional has more precision and more finesse. It is brighter and laser-like focused with an expression of fruit that seems so pure that you can almost think they used a spoon to fill the bottle after just crushing the grapes. The regular Noval, by contrast, seems rounder, more full-bodied and richer, albeit less defined. They both have a fair share of power. On first taste, the regular Noval seemed less powerful. Two days later, it seemed more powerful, but the Nacional fruit was always more interesting and far more intense in its character. Three days later, there was certainly still plenty of firmness on the Nacional finish. If the structure is excellent, the fruit is sensational. Three days after opening, the fruit had not budged an inch, showing nothing but exuberance and youth. The juicy finish of this very fresh Porto seals the deal. True, it was in bottle only about two months or so when tasted, but its quality is not in question. If you want a collectible and can afford it, this is the easy pick. If neither of those is true, the regular Noval offers way more bang for the buck. Both have significant aging potential. As promising as the regular Noval is, however, this seems to have a lot more upside as well as a lot more "wow" factor. I have given this wine a drinking window that begins in about 10 years, but of course, that is a minimum for this as well as the regular Noval. These days, Ports are more refined, so you can theoretically start sooner, most of the time. In truth, it will need 20 years before it is firing on all cylinders. Purists will suggest longer." - 99pts WA

$1,100.00
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