Domaine de Rancy

Rivesaltes, Rousillon, France

"If fame depended solely on quality, Jean-Hubert Verdaguer ought to be famous for his trove of ancient Rivesaltes. His younger Rivesaltes can be outstanding too…" 
David Schildkencht - The Wine Advocate 

Rivesaltes is a fortified wine made in the old Ambré style rarely produced today.  The wine is oxidized which means that it will not change in character after being opened. This allows one to enjoy it slowly over the course of weeks or months. This versatile wine is best served at room temperature to fully appreciate the intense, complex aromas that develop in the glass.  It can be served as an aperitif with nuts, olives, and a variety of hors d’oeuvres of course as a dessert wine. Domaine de Rancy is run by Jean-Hubert Verdaguer and his wife, Brigitte. Jean-Huber inherited this estate from his father with all of its tiny parcels of old vines and its cellars filled with old, odd sized barrels.  Descending into the cellar one gets the feeling of entering a medieval alchemist’s laboratory.  Each barrel, some as small as 12 inches in diameter, is labeled with a cryptic numerical code, that keeps hidden from outsiders which nectar each barrel contains. This rare wine is made from Macabeu. The grapes are hand picked late in the season, pressed, fermented, and fortified in tank. Only the best wine is chosen to be aged in barrels for 4 years minimum. The wines are bottled as needed, and are neither fined or filtered.  The vineyards are farmed using organic practices, and are in the process of obtaining organic certification.   

Our Selections


Rivesaltes Ambré Vin Doux Naturel 4 Ans d`Age NV

  • 4 to 10 Years in Barrel 91pts - WA

Rivesaltes Ambré Vin Doux Naturel 2001

  • 12 Years in Barrel 94pts - WA    

Rivesaltes Ambré Vin Doux Naturel 1973

  • 40 Years in barrel

Rivesaltes Ambré Vin Doux Naturel 1965

  • 50 Years in Barrel 96pts -WA

Rivesaltes Ambré Vin Doux Naturel 1959

  • 49 Years in barrel 93pts - WA

Rivesaltes Ambré Vin Doux Naturel 1948    

  • 64 Years in Barrel 96pts -WA