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Banyuls

The king of red French dessert wines, Banyuls is the product of steep vineyards that tumble down into the coastal villages of Collioure, Argèles-sur-Mer and Banyuls-sur-Mer. While producers do make a small amount of Banyuls blanc from Muscat of Alexandria grapes, the vast majority of Banyuls wine is red, Grenache Noir-based, and either rimage (bottled young) or aged in oak or chestnut vats or barrels. While the hot sun provides plenty of rich fruit, the combination of soil, site and plant material plays a part to distinguish the best of the best and facilitate improvement in barrel and bottle. Domaine du Mas Blanc excels all around, with Grenache Noir vines imported from Chateau de Beaucastel, and a long history of winemaking within the iconic Parcé family.