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Chateau de Jau Banyuls Rimage les Clos de Paulilles Case of 6 Bottles 2011

Member Review by jam0442:

This was my first dessert wine. It was quite sweet, powerful, and delicious. Since it was my first exposure, I really have nothing to compare it against, but I will try others in the future.

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Les Clos de Paulilles:
This estate was bought by the Daure family,who already owned Chateau de Jau in Roussillon, in 1975.It consists of 90 hectares with 65 hectares under vine and produces red,white and rose wines under the Collioure appellation as well as a range of Banyuls wine.They also run holiday homes and a restaurant.The estate was sold to La Maison Cazes,another wine house from Roussillon, in 2013

Member Reviews for Chateau de Jau Banyuls Rimage les Clos de Paulilles Case of 6 Bottles

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Snooth User: jam0442
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/18/2009

This was my first dessert wine. It was quite sweet, powerful, and delicious. Since it was my first exposure, I really have nothing to compare it against, but I will try others in the future.


Snooth User: duncan 906
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/21/2016

This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/68532. 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 for unfortified dry red,rose and white wines.Banyuls is what the French call a 'Vin Doux Naturel' or naturel sweet wine. Like most Banyuls my bottle is red and made entirely of the grenache grape and as appellation rules dictate has spent 12 months in oak barrels. [I would be 30 months for a grand cru Banyuls.] Grape fermentation was stopped by 'mutage ' ie the addition of grape spirit; which is why the wine has acheived an ABV of 16%.The word ' rimage ' means vintage or single harvest as opposed to a blend of more than one vintage or harvest. I started my bottle last night with my plate of fruit cake and I did enjoy it. It is certainly very sweet and there is plenty of a cherry and raisin style fruit there but with a bitter chocolate kind of finish.It is similar to a port or sherry but with more fruit and less alchol. I liked it.


Snooth User: ONUMello
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 03/14/2010

Very port-like nose with notes of raisin and toffee. More raisin and toffee on the palate, along with dried fruit. The only thing knocking this down from 90+ points (4 glasses) is the unbelievably short finish.


Snooth User: Flint
3506514
3.50 5
Vintage: 1995 11/20/2007

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau de Jau Banyuls Rimage les Clos de Paulilles Case of 6 Bottles

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Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesDark black-purple red with intense blackberry jam aroma and succulent, rich flavors. France's answer to true Port- A superb dessert wine. 100% Black Grenache


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Vintage: 2001 07/11/2011

Often called France's answer to Port, Banyuls is neither as massive nor as alcoholic as Port but approaches it in style. Made from 100% Grenache picked at maximum ripeness in the Mediterranean sun, Banyuls begins a normal fermentation during which neutral grape alcohol is added - a process called mutage. The must is then allowed to macerate for six weeks before pressing and bottling. The resulting wine is full of blackberry jam aromas and rich succulent flavors of sweet plums and dried berries.


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Vintage: 2001 07/11/2011

This is a rarity, even in France. The steeply terraced vineyards of Banyuls literally fall into the sea, where the foothills of the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. Finding laborers to pick the grapes continues to be a problem, as the slopes are so steep a real effort is involved. The wine is late-harvested Grenache, aged in oak and fortified with alcohol to stop the fermentation and keep the wine sweet. Succulent and delicious, it is a perfect match with chocolate-covered strawberries.



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