The tasting notes for the 1979 wine
The 1979 Rivesaltes has a perfumed and quite floral bouquet: quince, marmalade, yellow flowers, fig and a touch of juniper berries, showing more depth and complexity than the 1980 or 1982. The palate is well balanced with tangy marmalade, orange zest, mandarin, white pepper and fig. It is quite a nimble Vin Doux Naturel, nothing heavy here but it has superb intensity and focus. Wonderful. Tasted with Philippe Gayral. 2018 - 2035, Score: 92 Neal Martin, vinous, October 2018
The 1979 Rivesaltes from Domaine de la Viguerie comes from the last foudre from the family before the winery was destroyed to make way for villas after five generations of winemaking. (Insert sad emoji here...) I felt the wine was not quite as clean on the nose as some of the other Rivesaltes that I tasted from Philippe Gayral. It is not unlike a Verdelho with light walnut and smoky scents, perhaps just a little raw compared to others. The palate is better than the aromatics, quite harmonious and understated, elegant in the mouth with a tang of fresh ginger and Seville orange marmalade gently fanning out toward the finish. It just feels a little lightweight compared to others, but it is still a well-crafted Rivesaltes. Tasted June 2017.