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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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • 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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  • OK, these look to be cabs or bordeaux blends from Napa with one outlier zin. ... ... from SW France like a Banyuls or a couple others I can think of; then there's always DV's Amarones or moving directly to a Port or Madeira). Or, as a variation of a DV play, I'd open all five with only a friend or two at an afternoon-into-evening at my place.... Read More

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  • Welcome to our forum.Sauternes is called a desert wine;in fact it isthe king of ... France could be a Maury or a Banyuls which tend to have less alchol but more fruit.I am sure you will get plenty of other suggestions from Snooth members for your sweet too Read More

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  • Cathy  You say you have problems getting sherry in France. However the ... fortified wines ie Maury and Banyuls.Have you tried them?  There are also Pineau de Charentes and Floc de Gascogne However these are all appellations from the south as opposed to the Loire vall Read More

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  • If you like port  [sweet with a raisin and almond style fruit] then you ... will almost certainly like a banyuls or maury which are similar but with less alchol and more fruit  You should only have a couple of glasses of port at at time because it is a lot stronger than most wines [20% ABV Read More

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  • Unless, for example, you're talking about 'fortified' wines where ... Port, Sherry, Marsala and Banyuls, though there are others.. Read More

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  • I started a bottle of Port last night. It was a Real Companhia Velha Vinho do ... thought that the French [ Banyuls and Maury ] do a far better job of fortified wines than the Portugese though I am sure someone on here disagrees with 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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