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Rikiki - Elixir des Anges

Domaine Matray's "Elixir of the Angels" is a most unusual and very delicious find. A fortified Juliénas wine made from the Gamay grape. Most unusual and well worth trying.


Source
France
Red

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2005
SKU
3332122
Composition
Gamay 100%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
15 %
Stock
14
Last tasted
August 23 2017
Keep until
2030+
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
France
Colour
Red
Region
Beaujolais
Variety
Gamay
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal

More about this wine

The wine is first allowed a 10 day meceration which gives it tremendous depth of colour and extract. The "Paradis", the first juice to run off from the winemaking process, is intensely fruity and at this stage light in alcohol, around 9% ABV. The precise production method is kept secret, but involves boosting the overall alcoholic strength to around 15% which has the effect of stopping further fermentation.

Rikiki has the essential character of a powerful Beaujolais Cru yet there is much, much more to this drink - it has an intensity of flavour not normally found in a Beaujolais. It has good depth of colour and a rich powerful nose of red and black fruit, including blackcurrant and redcurrant. On the palate, it is fruity and very rich with a little sweetness resulting from the arrested fermentation. Best served cold at 6-7°C as an apéritif. Also makes an excellent companion for cholcolate-flavoured desserts or with melon. This is not a wine you would want to drink a whole bottle of at a single sitting, it's probably too rich for that, but in moderation it's lovely. 
It can be drunk young but equally can be aged for 10+ years. 

Most unusual and well worth trying.

Ben says (August 2017): Rich, balsamic strawberries on the nose give the expectation of a very sticky wine but be prepared for a surprise. The wine is lighter than you expect and very smooth indeed. Gorgeous!



About this vintage

Vintage
No Vintage
SKU
3317015
Composition
100% Gamay
Alcohol
15 %
Stock
27
Keep until
2030
Bottle Size
0.75L

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Wine Details

Country
France
Colour
Red
Region
Beaujolais
Variety
Gamay
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal

More about this wine

The wine is first allowed a 10 day meceration which gives it tremendous depth of colour and extract. The "Paradis", the first juice to run off from the winemaking process, is intensely fruity and at this stage light in alcohol, around 9% ABV. The precise production method is kept secret, but involves boosting the overall alcoholic strength to around 15% which has the effect of stopping further fermentation.

Rikiki has the essential character of a powerful Beaujolais Cru yet there is much, much more to this drink - it has an intensity of flavour not normally found in a Beaujolais. It has good depth of colour and a rich powerful nose of red and black fruit, including blackcurrant and redcurrant. On the palate, it is fruity and very rich with a little sweetness resulting from the arrested fermentation. Best served cold at 6-7°C as an apéritif. Also makes an excellent companion for cholcolate-flavoured desserts or with melon. This is not a wine you would want to drink a whole bottle of at a single sitting, it's probably too rich for that, but in moderation it's lovely. 
It can be drunk young but equally can be aged for 10+ years. 

Most unusual and well worth trying.

Ben says (August 2017): Rich, balsamic strawberries on the nose give the expectation of a very sticky wine but be prepared for a surprise. The wine is lighter than you expect and very smooth indeed. Gorgeous!



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