We have been shipping wines from Domaine La Tour Vieille in Collioure ever since 1997 when our founder Robin Yapp decided to expand his and our horizons and import some then little-known wines from one of the outlying enclaves of viticulture of French Catalonia. Christine Campadieu and Vincent Cantié joined forces in the mid-1980s when they decided to combine their family-owned vine holdings in Collioure and Banyuls to create Domaine La Tour Vieille. Their vines are planted on steep terraces of schist that overlook the Mediterranean and necessitate manual cultivation and harvesting. Yields are naturally reduced by the Tramontane wind but terrific exposure and free-draining soils ensure a marvelous concentration of fruit and give wines of great character with a strong sense of terroir.
Vincent's white Collioure 'Les Canadells' is made from a blend of Grenache Gris with a little Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Partially fermented in barrel to add some oxidative notes, it has regular lees stirring to extract flavour. The finished wine has a subtle Fino sherry-like scents, weighty orchard fruit characteristics and a long, dry finish. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the location, it pairs well with seafood. A red sibling called 'La Pinède' is made from 65% Grenache Noir, 30% Mourvèdre and 5% Carignan. Vinified in thermo-regulated stainless-steel vats, it has a ripe red fruit bouquet and a smooth palate redolent of plums and damsons supported by delicate, fine-grained tannins that will support 3 to 5 years bottle age. It makes a fine foil for charcuterie or slow-cooked daubes generously infused with black olives