Domaine Bellavista

Rivesaltes Ambré
1995

Rivesaltes Ambré

Estate bottled

On a slope of the ``Aspre``

The Estate is built on a slope of the « Aspre », the foothills of the Pyrenees, which protect from the local North wind, « Tramontane ».

Bella Vista and its vineyards enjoy a beautiful view of the Roussillon and the Mediterranean.

Built in the 13th Century, it was then just a sheeppen and land. It grew in acreage with the centuries and was beginning of the 20th a farm, with various cultivations including vines. For a long time the grapes went to the local cooperative.

Bought by the Bertrand family in 1992 as a wine producing Estate, it has since started bottling its own cuvees.

The Estate is BIO (Ecocert certified) since the 2013 vintage.

Wine

Soil

Wine

Making

Drinking

Advice

Located in the hills of the « Aspre », at an elevation between 100 and 200 m, the vines grow on clay and gravel for some, brown schists for the other. Main features are heat and little rain.

Grapes used for the Ambre grow on schists and gravels.

Macabeu 80%
Grenache Blanc 20%

Harvesting is manual.
Direct pressing. Fermentation with natural yeasts.
« Mutage » is done by addition of wine alcohol.
Maturing in vat for 6 months.
Ageing in wood casks of 225 L and 300 L for several years.

Serve between 10 and 12°C.

Nearly a « liquor ». A great treat as an aperitive, a somptuous complement to « foie gras ».
A pleasure with a cigar.