1949 Cazes Rivesaltes (PRE-ARRIVAL)$219.99
The 1949 vintage in Roussillon is top notch, following the epic 1959 from the village of Maury we offered before, this Rivesaltes is located 30 mins away, and sits closer to the sea. This more coastal climate features the Grenache Blanc varietal in one of its most legendary forms. The wines made by Cazes are some of the most indestructible, age worthy masterpieces in wine. This stacks up to the greatest dessert wines in Europe, rubbing shoulders with Sauternes Y'quem or some of the best trockenbeerenauslese. This is something that must be tried once in life, and as Mr. Gilman says below its one of the best dessert wines he has ever tasted.
John Gilman 98 points! "The 1949 Hors d’Age from Domaine Cazes is again a touch less dark than the 1954, with more of an orange-amber color that promises great things, and indeed, this is an utterly profound and magical bottle of old wine (if this is indeed an old wine by the timeless standards of Rivesaltes!) with stunning complexity on the nose and perfect pitch on the palate. The utterly spectacular bouquet wafts from the glass in a blaze of rancio spice tones, oranges, white cherries, cloves, a touch of cigar smoke, citrus peel, vanilla bean, a dollop of salty soil and star anise. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and magically complex, with a great core, racy acids, gem-like precision and a nearly endless finish of seamless balance and outstanding grip. This is one of the greatest dessert wines I have ever had the pleasure to taste, and though I actually drank this glorious wine with the duck course at our tasting (and with which it worked perfectly, by the way!), I would tend to want to serve this with a cheese course or on its own before dessert to allow all of its complexity to take center stage. A brilliant wine."