Vins Doux Naturels are perfect for cocktails thanks to their residual sugars and aromatic qualities. They are incredibly versatile and can be used as a base as well as a complementary ingredient.
Non-oxidized wines offer freshness, fruitiness, floral notes and spiciness. Try: AOP Muscat de Rivesaltes, Rivesaltes and Banyuls Rosés, Rivesaltes and Maury Grenat, Banyuls Rimage, Maury and Banyuls Blanc.
Oxidized wines bring aromatic complexity, richness and incomparable subtlety. Try: AOP Rivesaltes and Maury Ambrés, Rivesaltes and Maury Tuilés, traditional Banyuls and even Banyuls Grand Cru.
Vins Doux Naturels are a replacement of choice for spirits. Young ambrés wines are “punchy” and upfront whilst older ambrés and tuilés make for more leisurely sipping.
In the video below, Damien Aries from the Experimental Cocktail Club in NYC, is creating three new signature Vins Doux Naturels cocktails:
‘The Villanova’ with Muscat de Rivesaltes; ‘The Gobelet’ with Banyuls Rimage; and ‘Take The High Road’ with Rivesaltes Ambré.