Domaine des Schistes - Muscat de Rivesaltes 2018 (375ml)
Domaine des Schistes is located in the village of Estagel in Roussillon, France. The property belongs to Jacques Sires and is run by his son Mickaël. Though the Sires have been farmers for many generations, it was only when Jacques started bottling the wines in 1989 that Domaine des Schistes was truly born. The estate now comprises 55 hectares - the vines were planted by Mickaël's grandfather in the late forties, spread across 80 different parcels. Since the 2015 vintage, the domaine has been certified organic.
This superb Muscat is made from 80% Muscat Petits Grains and 20% Muscat d'Alexandrie. The schisteous soils and ridiculously low yields (20Hl/HA) produce wines of intensity and aromatic complexity. The grapes are hand-picked by successive passes through the vineyard at 14 degrees potential alcohol. The Muscat d'Alexandrie undergoes carbonic maceration for 5 days. The Muscat Petit Grains, after a light pressing, is fermented under temperature control. 110 grams RS per liter. Sweet, aromatically intense and utterly delicious, this is an excellent example of the freshness and vibrancy of the Muscat grape in Roussillon.