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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. 
 
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  • L'Etoile Banyuls Grand Cru 2000

    Snoothrank:

    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 to at least the Romans,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 ap... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine la Tour Vielle Banyuls NV

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    Perfect finish to a wonderful lunch...need a bottle of this at home.A just ... ... late-bottled La Tour Vieille Banyuls Reserva leads with cocoa powder, cardamom, vanilla and caramel, comes to the palate with an unusual combination of candied raspberry, chocolate, and brown spices, and finishes with impressive persistence if less sheer concent... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I drink more (fino) sherry as an aperitif than any other type. Have no problem ... vin santo, Canadian icewine, Banyuls, etc. all fall into the 'other' category for me at dessert. And I usually have dessert wines as standalone dessert (well maybe with some cheese and nuts), since I find they almost always clash with food desserts and both the ... Read More

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  • Yeah, Banyuls is situated somewhat similarly and beautifully, though it's right on the border with Spain. Interesting wines, too, both dry and sweet. BLM, the last November snow I can remember was still within Tokyo prefecture but out to the west, in the foothills to the Southern Alps. 50 years ago was definitely before my time in the city itsel... Read More

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  • I spent a week in Catalonia close to Collioure a few years ago. A really ... ... drinking my first glass of Banyuls in a cafe overlooking the sea in the town of Banyuls itse Read More

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  • Banyuls Vignerons Catalans NV

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/68532. Banyuls is an appellation created in 1936, although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans, 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 a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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

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  • 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

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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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