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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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  • Hope you enjoy your trip. There are some nice wines to be had in north-east ... have been to Collioure and Banyuls in the French side of Catalon Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cataluyan Wines

  • Among the sparklers, Jacquesson's GVS beat out the Schramsberg BdN, though ... Donnhoff Eiswein, and the Banyuls (yeah, not white) on the other, reds night. Not always easy to get ahold of the Constantia so jumped at the chance.  Even WS is getting on their bandwagon lately (though several of their comments, and especially their 'drinking wind... Read More

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  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage ... 1996Les Vignerons Catalan Banyuls Grand Cru Vin Doux Naturel, 1997Spiri Read More

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  • I attended this event yesterday evening. I reckon there were about 40 people ... ... I left I had a glass of Banyuls Grand Cru from Domaine du Traginer. Some of the other guests had never heard of Banyuls but I had my first glass many years ago in a restaurant in Banyuls. This was lovely tasting of sweet dried fruit. The  organisers were obvi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Banyuls is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture in the area goes back centuries,for red and white fortified wines from around the Mediterranean seaside town of that name between Perpignan and the Spanish border.This is the same area as the Collioure appellation fo... Read More

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  • Ran out of time during my last post so didn't flesh a number of things out. ... ... I didn't mention Banyuls because I do view it as a blunderbuss compared to the rapier of most of the others I did mention. And the German references were to riesling. Have had those classes of wines for other varietals, but rarely have I been impressed, other t... Read More

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  • The sweet wines are very different depending on the production method. I'm ... fine - I have a bit of Port, Banyuls, and Malaga wines, but they need to be savored on their own. Of those, Madeira has to be the most interesting. Not the sweetest of them, but the less sweet ones that retain salinity, acidity, and complexity. Absolutely wonderful ... Read More

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  • I'm with GregT that any sweet wine needs to have some zip.  Botrytis ... Perhaps I'll try some Banyuls at Morrell when I'm in NYC next.  I've been meaning to see Eric Guido, but who knows when that will be.GregT, I agree that quite a bit of port doesn't have sufficient acidity for my taste, either.  When you are up here next, I'll open a bottl... Read More

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  • Yeah but the problem with dessert wine is that to be good it should also have ... have high acidity. Port and Banyuls and Maury and Malaga and the stickies from Australia don't often have sufficient acidity IMHO, which is why while they're good, as sweet wines I prefer botrytized wines. Were it not for the fact that Garnacha grows best in hot,... Read More

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  • "As of 2010, Airén was estimated to be the world's 3rd most ... ... with grenache? Certainly Banyuls, but what else? Seems like more might try since it's easy to jack sugar levels high when growing it. Read More

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  • "a process also used as the model for making Port and Madeira in nearby Spain. " Big typo. Port and Madeira are not from Spain, they are from Portugal. Shocking mistake.

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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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