Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille Les Canadells 2013

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.

Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille Les Canadells 2013
Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille Les Canadells 2013

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Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille Les Canadells 2013

The Collioure blanc from Domaine La Tour Vieille, called ‘Les Canadells’, is made from an unusual blend of 30% Rolle, 20% each of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeau along with 10% Roussanne.

It is a great food wine, and producer Christine Campedieu is very precise in the dishes she recommends as partners – rock fish, grilled squid, white meat in sauce or cheese (specifically Comté, Camembert or Reblochon).


Christine Campadieu & Vincent Cantié

Christine Campadieu & Vincent Cantié

Domaine la Tour Vieille was created in 1982 by Vincent Cantié (from Collioure) and Christine Campadieu (from Banyuls) and now comprises of 32 acres of vines, meticulously farmed by hand. Christine and Vincent are respectively 4th and 3rd generation winemakers in this region. They met in 1989 and since then they have worked to "develop and maintain the domaine and feel really happy."

With their viticulturalist Jean Baills, they have an excellent track record of producing lovingly-crafted wines with a strong sense of terroir and tradition.

  • Style: White Wine, Dry (Sec), Full-bodied
  • Region: RoussillonCollioure
  • Producer: Christine Campadieu & Vincent Cantié
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Grape variety (Cépage): Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Macabeau, Roussanne, Rolle, Vermentino
  • Cellarage: Drinking well now but will keep for 2-3 years.
  • Vinification: The climate is well suited to viticulture as plenty of sunshine ensures optimum ripening conditions for the grapes whilst the strong Tramontane wind keeps the vines pest free. Grown on 100% schist, only the best fruit is picked 'à la main bien sûr!' from 30-year-old vines. The wine is pressed in the Vaslin-Bucher press and bottled at the beginning of the following summer.
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 14%

One Minute Review - Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille Les Canadells




Christine Campadieu of Domaine la Tour Vieille introduces 'Les Canadells' - a crisp white Collioure that goes very well with Mediterranean seafood dishes.