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Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambré, 2010

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This Vin Doux Naturel from Roussillon is one of the most distinctive and exciting wines in our entire stock. It’s made by stopping the fermentation of late picked, very ripe grapes, part way through its course, by the addition of alcohol (a process known as mutage); thereby preventing the yeasts from working, and leaving a fortified wine with plentiful natural, unfermented grape sugar and between 15 and 17 degrees of alcohol. From late-picked, 60 year-old vines of Grenache Blanc and Gris, the Ambré - literally amber - tone develops after at least five years of mildly oxidative ageing in barrel (and here it’s kept a lot longer before bottling).

Fontanel, Rivesaltes Ambré, 2008

Product Code: FON910

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Rated 4 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Roussillon
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 16%
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This offer intriguing fumes: dates, cooked autumnal fruit and a hint of sherry-like oxidation. Dried fruit flavours dominate, with accompanying subtleties, including coffee and caramelised oranges. A wonderful partner to hard cheese, dried fruit and nuts. Now-2023

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