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Roussillon Wine

Roussillon formed part of the Kingdom of Majorca (hence its Spanish influence) and the inhabitants of this region, which runs from the hills of Corbières (north of Perpignan) to the Spanish border, fiercely regard themselves as Catalan to this day. Roussillon enjoys near-perfect viticultural conditions – the highest number of sunshine hours in France, low rainfall and the bracing Tramontane wind drying the fruit and cleaning the vines. The region is responsible for 90% of the country's Vin Doux Naturel (Rivesaltes, Maury & Banyuls), yet also produces good-value, age-worthy red wines.

Yapp Brothers are proud to have won the International Wine Challenge Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year - Languedoc-Roussillon award in 2015.
  • Domaine la Tour Vieille: Banyuls Réserva

    Banyuls 'Réserva' is a sweet, red wine - a classic blend of Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris and Carignan. It has a spicy, dried fruit, pluminess, rather like a tawny port. It can be consumed chilled as a decadent pre-prandial sharpener and makes a marvellous match for dark chocolate desserts. An open bottle will keep happily in the fridge for a fortnight, although not chez Yapp alas!

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    • Bottle £19.75
    • Bottle Case £237.00
  • Côtes du Roussillon: Cuvée Cana 2010

    Made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, it merits at least three years bottle-age to reveal it's uncompromising personality. It has diverse spice, leather and sous-bois aromas and a complex palate of berries, mushrooms, game and earth.

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    • Bottle £18.95
    • Bottle Case £227.40
  • Vin de Pays Catalan: 'Empreinte du Temps' Carignan 2013

    This vibrant, fresh Catalan Carignan hails from a precious parcel of 135 year old pre-phylloxera vines. Here at Yapp HQ it's a firm favourite that delivers consistently in every vintage. Like the white Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blanc from Domaine Ferrer-Ribière, this wine too is well-suited to simple, rustic cuisine – some sizzling Toulouse sausages or cassoulet would fit the bill nicely.

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    • Bottle £13.25
    • Bottle Case £159.00
  • Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille 'La Pinède' 2013

    A rugged, chest-thumping, life-affirming Grenache / Carignan blend imbued with a wealth of briary berry scents and flavours supported by rugged but ripe tannins. It drinks well from release, if decanted, and will age well for a decade. A magnificent partner to local dishes rich in peppers, anchovies and garlic.

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    • Bottle £15.50
    • Bottle Case £186.00
  • Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille 'Puig Oriol' 2013

    The Puig Oriol is a dense, dark, brooding red wine that is quintessential Collioure. It has a bouquet of garrigue fruit and dense black fruit, earth and spice tastes and a fine tannic structure.

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    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
  • Vin de Pays Catalan: Grenache Blanc 2013

    The 'Empreinte du Temps' Vin de Pays Catalan is a rich, slightly oxidative, straw-coloured wine with a complex palate with an almost briny quality, of grilled nuts and minerals, and sherry-like undertones prior to a gently warming, long, resonant end note.

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    • Bottle £13.25
    • Bottle Case £159.00
  • Côtes du Roussillon: Cuvée Tradition 2012

    The Côtes du Roussillon Cuvée Tradition from Domaine Ferrer Ribière is a versatile, light-heavyweight wine with aromas of Autumnal fruit and a deep, core of cassis and kirsch.

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    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
  • Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille Les Canadells 2014

    A wonderful esoteric, slightly resinous, full bodied, dry white wine deliberately made in quite an oxidative style with a sherry-like bouquet and a complex palate of orchard fruit offset by wild herb notes and a long, elegant finish.

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    • Bottle £16.50
    • Bottle Case £198.00

Quick & Easy Guide to the wines of the Roussillon

Become a connoisseur of all things Catalan.

Roussillon, often appended to the Languedoc, has a distinct climate and culture of its own. This former principality of Catalonia is now the French département Pyrenées-Orientale, but its inhabitants remain fiercely Catalan. Beginning at Perpignan and ending at the Spanish border in the Pyrenees, these fertile soils produce an abundance of fruit and excellent wine. The region produces 90% of France’s Vin Doux Naturel, fortified sweet wine.

Area Under Vine:
25,000 hectares under vine, 80% on slopes up to altitudes of 600m.

Key AOCs:
Banyuls, Maury, Muscat de Rivesaltes, Collioure, Côtes du Roussillon, but there are also some terrific (dry) wines made in the IGPs of Côtes Catalanes and Côte Vermeille.

Principal grapes:
Grenache Noir, Grenache blanc, Muscat and Macabeo.

Notable domaines:
Ferrer-Ribière, La Tour Vieille, Parcé Frères, Gauby, Cazes, Guy and Jean-Marc Lafage and Château Mossé.

Local delicacies:
Anchovies (from Collioure), piments (hot peppers), chapon de mer farci au pulpe (capon stuffed with octopus), gardiane (beef stew with rice) and fresh tomme blanche (goat’s cheese).

Restaurants we like:
Les Templiers, Au 5ème Péché (both in Collioure), Casa Sansa (Perpignan) and El Bisbe (Céret).

Famous people from the region:
François Arago (astronomer, physicist and liberal politician), Menachem Meiri (Catalan rabbi), Aristide Maillol (sculptor and painter) and French ‘rugbymen’ Nicolas Mas and Jo Maso.

Things to do:
Windsurf into the port in Collioure, watch USA Perpignan or Catalan Dragons play rugby (union / league), check out the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, soak in the light on the sandy beaches of the Côte Vermeille, take the narrow-gauge Petit Train Jaune from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Latour-de-Carol on the Spanish border or witness La Procession de la Sanch – the Good Friday parade of red-hooded penitents in Perpignan.

Bien classique:
Banyuls NV: Domaine La Tour Vieille.

Autre chose:
Vin des Cotes Catalan’ Grenache’ blanc: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière.