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 (92)
The 1959 Rivesaltes from Domaine La Sobilane has a lively nose with scents of smoked walnut, mandarin, dried orange peel and sandalwood, all well-defined and never declining in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with good presence, the acidity nicely judged and any volatile acidity kept in check. Ginger, orange zest marmalade and a hint of curry powder lace the finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a beautiful old Rivesaltes.
|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.|