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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 2018 & 2015.

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  1. Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille 'Les Canadells' Blanc 2022
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  2. Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille 'La Pinède' Rouge 2021
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  3. IGP Côtes Catalanes: 'L'apprentie Sorcière' du Clos des Fees Rose 2022
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  4. Côtes du Roussillon: Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées Blanc 2022
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  5. Côtes du Roussillon Villages: Domaine du Clos des Fées 'Vieilles Vignes' Rouge 2019
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  6. IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine du Clos des Fées 'Vieilles Vignes' Grenache Blanc 2020
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  7. Côtes du Roussillon: Agly Brothers 2018
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  8. Domaine la Tour Vieille: Banyuls Réserva
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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.