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Banyuls is a sweet, fortified wine named for the eastern French Mediterranean coastal town Banyuls-Sur-Mer in the Languedoc-Rousillon region. It has been produced since the 13th century, when Arnaud de Villeneuve is credited with discovering mutage, adding grape spirit to halt the fermentation of the wine to preserve its natural sweetness. The result is a vin doux naturel (naturally sweet wine), a process also used as the model for making Port and Madeira in nearby Spain. 
Banyuls is a sweet red wine. Its main grape is Grenache, making up at least 50% of the blend, with often another large portion of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Maccabeu, Tourbat and/or Muscat. 15% is allowed for the use of Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and an even smaller percentage allowable for Muscat-a-Petit-Grains. The grapes are grown in sunny, broiling hot, terraced coastal vineyards that conversely get very cold and windy in winter. 
Banyuls became an official AOC in 1936 with some rather Read more »

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  • Muscat

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  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Grenache

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  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Chardonnay

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  • I can think of lots of nice red wines but few are sweet unless you want a ... ... like a port,maderia,maury or banyuls e Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... ... et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Banyuls   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 Dugat-Py 2002 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru   |  8 in stock  |  $274.99 Dugat-Py 2002 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques  |... Read More

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  • Domaine du Mas Blanc Banyuls Blanc 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for 8.50.Banyuls is an AOC created in 1936,although viticulture in the area goes back centuries,for red and white fortified wines from around the Mediiterranean seaside town of that name between Perpignan and the Spanish frontier.The borders of the AOC are the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • merav - I assume it was a tawny port? Those are brown and full of butterscotch ... a fortified wine. But the Banyuls and Maury are very similar, just made with different grapes.Here's some more information from Taylor and you may as well try their port too. It's good. Read More

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  • I am surprised it was the first time.I have been drinking port since I was old ... ... fortified wines ,Maury, Banyuls and a Floc de Gascogne  as well as the Greek Mavrodaphne.I would prefer the Greek Mavrodaphne,a Banyuls or a Maury to most ports because they are fruitier and less alcoholi Read More

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  • Domaine la Tour Vieille Collioure Cuvee Puig Oriol 1993


    I bought this wine from the website ... AOC are identical with the Banyuls AOC for fortified wines.The Domaine La Tour Vielle was created after the marriage of Christine Campadieu and Vincent Canti in 1982,both from Catalan wine families,and named after an old stone tower overlooking Collioure, close t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Thanks, indeed I already explored some great European vineyards and wineries. ... ... Places I visited include Banyuls, Collioure and some vineyards in the Cotes du Roussillon Villages region.Off course the famous wine regions are great, but I prefer the modest regions that have great wines, like Languedoc-Roussillon & Puglia. Off course new w... Read More

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  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2010


    The wine is richly colored with deep garnet hues, and the nose is a pleasant combination of ripe berries, and something of a "twang" to it, perhaps some tart fruit to counterbalance the jammy sweetness that is also present. The taste is very fruit forward, with lovely notes of blackberry, ripe plum and vanilla that is just offset with a bit of ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2010


    This 2010 blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from Languedoc-Roussillon, France is good. Ruby color with a mid to tight rim variation. Fruit notes of blackberries, and black cherries with a hint of spice and vanilla. It has a long finish on the palette with low acidity. This wine has not peaked and will mature nicely over time (2018-2020). Be... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • M. Chapoutier Banyuls Vin Doux Naturel 1986


    The window is well and truly shut on the 1986 Banyuls. I had previously tried the 1980 and it was still faint signs of life. Alas, I fear it is time that the 1986 be buried into the ground. Intense mahogany colour. An expired drink stripped of any fruit and with only streaks of alcohol left which was probably at its peak a decade ago. I wont tip... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

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  • Dessert wines are my favorite... of course dessert is my favorite meal course anyway. Yes, it is NOT P.C. but I just do not care.I am older now and I want to have what I like. Health "dictators", be gone!! Just because dessert is my favorite, does NOT mean I actually OVER EAT desserts. LOL!!

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