Vins Doux Naturels

Roussillon's signature wines

AOP Rivesaltes

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AOP Rivesaltes covers 86 communes in the Eastern Pyrenees and 9 in the neighbouring Aude departement. Located by the Mediterranean sea in the east, the Albères mountain range in the south and at the foot of the Canigou mountain in the west, the area streches over 1,365 hectares. Rivesaltes received its certification in 1936.

Grenat (garnet) wines : black Grenache

Tuilé (tawny) wines : black Grenache, white Grenache, grey Grenache, Maccabeu, Malvoisie or Tourbat du Roussillon, Muscat à petits grains, Muscat d’Alexandrie.

Ambré (amber) wines : white Grenache, grey Grenache, black Grenache, Maccabeu, Malvoisie or Tourbat du Roussillon, Muscat à petits grains, Muscat d’Alexandrie.

Rosé wines : white Grenache, grey Grenache, black Grenache, Maccabeu, Malvoisie or Tourbat du Roussillon, Muscat à petits grains, Muscat d’Alexandrie.

Vines grow on all terroirs, including, among others: sandy granitic and gneissic soils, black and brown schists in the Fenouillèdes mountain range in the northwest, red limestone-clay and lime at the foothills of the Corbières, sandy clay in the Aspres and rocky terraces along the rivers, gneiss and siliceous clay in the Albères.

Rivesaltes Grenat : Full-bodied wines with rich cherry and blackberry flavours.

Rivesaltes Tuilé : Intense wines with notes of roasted cocoa, coffee, tobacco and dried fruit (prunes, figs).

Rivesaltes Ambré : Complex wines with notes of preserved orange, spiced cake, dried fruits, caramel and sweet spices.

Rivesaltes Rosé : fresh, young wines, with echoes of currants, blueberries and pomegranate.

Rivesaltes Hors d’Age: mention reserved for Rivesaltes Ambré or Tuilé matured for a minimum of 5 years.

Rivesaltes Rancio: mention reserved for Rivesaltes Ambré ou Tuilé. The ‘Rancio’ taste (nuts, dried fruit) is acquired through age and maturation.

Stockists for Rivesaltes wines can be found on: wine-seacher.com and winesofroussillon@otaria.co.uk

AOP Muscat de Rivesaltes

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The 2,979 hectares of Muscat de Rivesaltes AOP are spread over 90 communes in the Eastern Pyrenees departement and 9 communes in the neighbouring Aude. It faces the Mediterranean sea in the east, Spain in the south and the foot of the Canigou mountain in the west. It achieved its certification in 1956.

Muscat de Rivesaltes are white wines made from Muscat à petits grains and Muscat d’Alexandrie.

All the terroirs in Roussillon, including, among others: sandy granitic and gneissic soils, black and brown schists in the Fenouillèdes mountains in the northwest, red limestone- clay and limestone at the foothills of the Corbières, sandy clay in the Aspres and rocky terraces along the rivers, gneiss and siliceous clay in the Albères, grey schist in the terroirs of Collioure and Banyuls.

Strong and intense, the Muscat d’Alexandrie provides fullness and flavours of ripe fruit, fresh grapes and roses. Light and fresh, the Muscat à petits grains brings scents of exotic fruits and citrus. Young Muscats are pale gold, with echoes of peach, lemon, mango and mint. After several years, their golden robe becomes deeper and their flavours evolve into notes of honey and preserved apricot.

Christmas Muscat (Muscat de Noël) is the first Muscat de Rivesaltes of the year, available from the third Thursday in November to the end of January.

Stockists for Muscat de Rivesaltes wines can be found on: wine-seacher.com and winesofroussillon@otaria.co.uk

AOP Maury Doux

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Made up of the four communes of Maury, Tautavel, Saint-Paul de Fenouillet and Rasiguères, the vineyard area totals 225 hectares, in the Eastern Pyrénées, northwest of Perpignan. Certification was achieved in 1936, and again in 2011 to recognise all of its wines, including Tuilé (tawny), Ambré (amber), Grenat (garnet) and Blanc (white).

Grenat (garnet) and Tuilé (tawny) wines :
Main varietals : black, white and grey Grenaches
Complementary varietals : black Carignan, Syrah, Maccabeu

Blanc (white) and Ambré (amber) wines : grey and white Grenaches, Maccabeu, Malvoisie or Tourbat du Roussillon, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Muscat à petits grains

Maury vineyards are spread over black marl and black schist hills surrounded by the garrigue, a specific eco-system of Mediterranean forests and woodlands.

Maury Grenat : strong wines, complex with notes of black fruits and garrigue.

Maury Tuilé : aged for a minimum of 30 months in an oxidative environment. Wines with echoes of dried fruits, cocoa and coffee.

Maury White : wines with notes of white-fleshed fruits and citrus that evolve over time into flavours of syrupy preserved fruits.

Maury Ambré: complex wines with notes of preserved white and yellow fruits, spiced cake and caramel.

Maury Hors d’Age: Ambré or Tuilé with 5 years minimum maturation in an oxidizing environment.

Maury Rancio: the ‘Rancio’ taste is acquired through maturation and ageing.

Stockists for Maury Doux wines can be found on wine-seacher.com and winesofroussillon@otaria.co.uk

AOP Banyuls - Banyuls Grand Cru

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Nestled in a sunny corner by the Mediterranean sea and bordering Spain, the 862 hectares of vineyards include the 4 communes of Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Cerbère. AOP certification was awarded in 1936 for Banyuls and in 1962 for Banyuls Grand Cru.

Main varietals: black, white and grey Grenaches, Muscat à petits grains, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Maccabeu, Malvoisie or Tourbat du Roussillon
Complementary varietals: black Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah

Grey schist soil from the Cambrian period. The vines are established on steep slopes with narrow terraces retained by low walls, facing the sea.

Banyuls « Rimage » or « Rimage Mise Tardive »: Complex and elegant wines with notes of small, dark fruit, delicately ‘gourmand’.
Banyuls Ambré (amber), Tuilé (tawny) : wines with notes of preserved fruits, figs and prunes.
Banyuls White : wines with floral notes, mixed with citrus and white fruits.
Banyuls Rosé : young and fresh wines, with notes of currants, blueberries and pomegranate.
Banyuls Grand Cru : these wines develop flavours of stewed fruits, spices, mocha and tobacco. They can be officially labelled ‘Dry’, ‘Sec’ or ‘Brut’ if their residual sugars are ≥ 54g/l.

Stockists for Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Cru wines can be found on wine-seacher.com and winesofroussillon@otaria.co.uk