Cuvée Aimé Cazes 1978

Rivesaltes AOP

Aperitif and dessert wines with strong personality, our natural sweet wines embody the true know-how and history of CAZES, which keeps its production and ageing techniques a carefully guarded secret. The famous Muscat de Rivesaltes, with its exotic and citrus fruit aromas, and the renowned old vintage Rivesaltes Aimé Cazes are both part of this exceptional range of wines that can be found in the most famous restaurants in the world. Often selected as one of the best 100 wines in the world, the vintage Aimé Cazes is a Rivesaltes Ambré of outstanding character, smooth and elegant, subtle and complex, the result of 30 years of ageing in oak vats. It is dedicated to Aime Cazes, one of the founders of Cazes estate.


Vinification

The grapes are pressed immediately after being picked. After racking, the alcoholic fermentation takes place at 18°C and is stopped, while still in its liquid phase, by adding neutral alcohol.


Maturation

22 years maturation in centenary oak tuns. It evaporates at a rate of 7% each year so more than 2/3rd of the total volume over the period. Once bottled, ot is kept in air conditionned cellars.


Tasting Notes

Eye: Deep amber in color.

Nose: The passing time has brought his creation to its ultimate conclusion : a wine enriched by a myriad of aromas : green nuts, Seville oranges, figs, dried apricots, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom...

Palate: …fragrances whose incredible length is emphasised by the fleshy, suave character of the wine.


Food Pairings

To appreciate it fully, it should be drunk at a temperature of around 15°C, out of a large, airy glass, and preferably accompanying a dish of foie gras, a dessert with oriental flavours, or a classy cigar. This Special Vintage is a wine of sharing, a wine of communion.


Accolades

92/100 points
Wine Spectator

3 Stars
Guide Hachette

19/20 points
RVF

18/20 points
Bettane et Dessauve

18/20 points
Gault et Millau

18/20 points
Bettane et Dessauve

93/100 points
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate



Resources

Download the tech sheet (pdf)
Download the high-resolution bottle shot (tiff)
Visit www.cazes-rivesaltes.com

Varietals

80% White Grenache
20% Black Grenache


Appellation

Rivesaltes AOP

Rivesaltes AOP


Bottles Produced

5,000


Alcohol

15.0%


Barrel Type

Foudre


Soil Types

Clay and limestone, with rolled pebbles from the foothills of the Corbières mountain range.


Sugar

116.0g/L