The great-grandfather of the current owner, Pierre Daniel, acquired the property in 1908. He was the son of a farm worker. Originally, the property consisted of 10 hectares of vineyards. His son, Maurice Daniel — an aviator during the First World War — took over the property in 1919 and developed it.
In 1945, his two sons, Francis and George Daniel, joined the estate and continued to expand it, then his granddaughter Mauricette Daniel took the lead in 1985. Today,
Domaine La Sobilane consists of 54 hectares of vineyards bordered by garrigues, but these days it is used less and less for the production of Rivesaltes in favour of the production of mass-consumption wine.
Fortunately, some old Rivesaltes vintages from 1950 and 1960 have been preserved and kept in concrete tanks, built in the early 1940s.
Notes and Reviews
Neil Martin (94)
The 1948 Rivesaltes has a wonderful bouquet dominated by quince and marmalade, the juniper berries noticed before, all beautifully defined, almost glistening in the glass. The palate is crisp and balanced: mandarin, marmalade and barley sugar to the fore, with a persistent finish that feels a tad sweeter than other vintages. What a lovely Rivesaltes! This comes highly recommended.
|Grape Varieties||Grenache noir|
|Vinification||Hand harvested late with potential alcohol of 17%. Fermentation is stopped by adding grape eau de vie.|
|Elevage||12 months in glass demijohn outdoors then 12 months in small Bordeaux barrels. Rest of elevage in large foudre then bottled when needed.|
|Soil Type||High terraces of Quaternary, rolled pebbles in a 2m-thick gangue resting on a strong base, primarily clayey. Thin layer of fine dry sand on the slope.|