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The appellation is after the north of Perpignan lying small town Rivesaltes in the French region Roussillon (Northern Catalonia) named. The vineyards cover about 5,000 hectares of vineyards in 99 municipalities of the départements Pyrenees-Orientales and Aude in the double region Languedoc-Roussillon, The sometimes barren, calcareous soils produce low yields, but are not consistently uniform due to the size of the area. Only the two grape varieties are allowed Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (here Muscat de Rivesaltes) and Muscat d'Alexandrie (here Muscat Romain).
The cute Vin doux naturel is made from overripe, already dried on the stick grapes. To the natural residual sugar of at least 100 g / l, the fermentation stopped by the addition of wine spirit while the wine to 15% vol alcohol content aufgespritet, There are lighter, fragrant versions with lemons and honey aromas and stronger ones with light bitter Taste and orange aroma.
Well-known producers are CV de Baixas Cooperative, Domaine Boudau, Domaine Brial, Château de Caladroy, Cazes Frères, Château Corneilla, Domaine Força Réal, Château de Jau, Château de Nouvelles, Château Planeres, Domaine de Rozès, Domaine Sarda-Malet, Domaine Vaquer and Arnaud de Villeneuve. Also in the other three in Roussillon lying VDN appellations Banyuls. Maury and Rivesaltes AOC Muscat de Rivesaltes may be used when the vintner's vineyards are 100% planted with Muscat vines.