1945 Chateau Villargeil Rivesaltes Vin Doux Naturel

Muscat - 750ML
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VN 90
VN 90

Vinous, October 2018

The 1945 Rivesaltes has a burnished amber colour, very clear in the glass. The bouquet is quite oxidative and nutty in style, hints of cigar humidor and peaty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with tangy marmalade...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Muscat
Country France
Region Languedoc Roussillon
Sub-region Vins Doux Naturels
Appellation Rivesaltes
Vintage 1945
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 17%
Closure Cork

The 1945 Chateau Villargeil Rivesaltes Vin Doux Naturel is a Muscat varietal hailing from the renowned Languedoc Roussillon region in France, specifically from the Vins Doux Naturels sub-region. This vintage wine, produced by Chateau Villargeil, is a white wine sealed with a cork closure and has an alcohol content of 17.0 percent.

This wine presents with a burnished amber color, which is very clear when poured into the glass. Neal Martin, a reviewer for Vinous, offered a detailed assessment of this wine, scoring it a commendable 90 points. He notes that the bouquet of the 1945 Rivesaltes is "quite oxidative and nutty in style," with delicate hints of cigar humidor and peaty aromas. These descriptors suggest a wine that has developed complex, earthy characteristics over its many decades of aging.

On the palate, the wine is described as medium-bodied with flavors reminiscent of tangy marmalade and quince, complemented by light spicy notes. Martin comments that while the oxidation present on the nose is less pronounced on the palate, the wine’s complexity and depth did not fully meet his expectations, particularly in the latter half of the tasting experience. He describes it as "certainly a more elegant style of Rivesaltes," but notes that he anticipated more length, which ultimately influenced his scoring.

Despite these observations, the wine is still considered to be of high quality and is recommended for drinking between 2018 and 2035. Martin's review highlights the wine’s elegance and the nuanced flavors that develop with age, making it a noteworthy choice for those appreciative of vintage Muscat wines from this notable French region.