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Rivesaltes (reev-salt): a village in southern France, north of Perpignan and a name that applies to 2 styles of wines produced there. Both wines are sweet, fortified wines (a category known as Vins Doux Naturels – VDN). Muscat de Rivesaltes AOC, accounts for about 70% of France’s Muscat production and is the only sweet, fortified Muscat wine that can be produced with the grape Muscat of Alexandria. Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, another Muscat clone is also used. The wine is fortified through the ‘mutage’ process (see below, 02/07/2009).

Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains

Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains

Muscat of Alexandria

Muscat of Alexandria

Note how the grapes on the left have a tighter, more compact bunch.

Muscat de Rivesaltes is a wine that should be drunk as young as possible and as cool as possible, either as an aperitif, or with fruity or creamy desserts, according to Jancis Robinson. Generic Rivesaltes (the VDN) can be made from a variety of grapes, red and white, and in a variety of methods. It can have a flavour profile that covers raisins, coffee, chocolate and nuts and can be a decent pairing to chocolate dishes.

Generic Rivesaltes AOC

Generic Rivesaltes AOC

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