1955 Domaine La Sobilane Rivesaltes

Grenache Noir - 750ML
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2018

The 1955 Rivesaltes is a VdN that I have tasted a couple of times with winemaker Philippe Gayral. It has a similar nose to the one I had before: hazelnut mixed with hints of crème brûlée, less of the marzipan element than...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2016

The 1955 Rivesaltes from Philippe Gayral's new find, Domaine La Sobilane, has a slightly more conservative bouquet compared to other vintages, touches of marzipan and crème brûlée infusing the walnut and hazelnut aromas...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Grenache Noir
Country France
Region Languedoc Roussillon
Sub-region Rivesaltes
Vintage 1955
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

The 1955 Domaine La Sobilane Rivesaltes is a truly remarkable wine that has aged beautifully over the years. This red wine, made from the Grenache Noir varietal, hails from the Rivesaltes sub-region in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France. With an alcohol percentage of 15.5, this wine is not for the faint of heart.

In terms of appearance, this wine showcases a deep, ruby red color that is both vibrant and enticing. As you pour it into your glass, you can already sense the complexity and depth that await you.

Upon first sniff, the aroma of this wine is truly captivating. It has a delightful nose of hazelnut mixed with hints of crème brûlée, creating a harmonious blend of nutty and sweet scents. There is also a subtle Amontillado tincture that adds a touch of sophistication to the bouquet.

As you take your first sip, you will experience a medium-bodied wine with a fine bead of acidity that balances out its viscous texture. The palate is a symphony of flavors, with notes of marmalade, quince, allspice, clove, and nutmeg dancing on your taste buds. The complexity of this wine is truly impressive, with a strong walnut note that lingers towards the persistent finish.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate has rated this wine highly, with a score of 93. In their tasting note, they described it as "quite complex" and even suggested that it might be better than previously rated. Another review from the same publication gave it a score of 91, praising its cohesive texture and seductive finish.

Overall, the 1955 Domaine La Sobilane Rivesaltes is a wine that demands attention and reverence. Its age has only enhanced its beauty, making it a truly exceptional choice for any wine enthusiast. Whether you choose to savor it on its own or pair it with a decadent dessert, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression.