Roussillon

Roussillon

Sol Payré - Ivresse des Sens 2019 – Sku: 7386 – 151
Sol Payré
2019
Côtes-du-Roussillon PDO
€11.00
Le Clos des Fées - Les Sorcières 2021 – Sku: 736921 – 59
Le Clos des Fées
2021
Côtes-du-Roussillon PDO
€14.50
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Sol Payré - Imo Pectore 2019 – Sku: 7384 – 92
Sol Payré
2019
Côtes-du-Roussillon Les Aspres PDO
€15.00
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Le Roc des Anges - Segna de Cor 2019 – Sku: 7370 – 55
Le Roc des Anges
2019
Côtes-du-Roussillon PDO
€15.60
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La Nouvelle Don(n)e - Nouvelle Vague Blanc 2021 – Sku: 741421 – 44
The New Don(n)e
2021
French wine
€16.00
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La Nouvelle Don(n)e - Nouvelle Vague Rouge 2021 – Sku: 741021 – 58
The New Don(n)e
2021
French wine
€16.00
La Rectorie - Collioure Côté Mer 2020 – Sku: 744320 – 10
The Rectory
2020
Collioure PDO
€16.90
Clos des fées - De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté 2020 – Sku: 736320 – 21
Le Clos des Fées
2020
Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages AOP
€18.00
La Rectorie - Banyuls Cuvée Thérèse Reig Rimage Mise Précoce 2020 – Sku: 748320 – 24
The Rectory
2020
Banyuls PDO
€19.90
91/100 RVF
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Olivier Pithon - Laïs 2019 Rouge – Sku: 753419 – 100
Olivier Pithon
2019
Côtes-du-Roussillon PDO
€20.00
COUP DE COEUR
94/100 RVF
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Gauby - La Jasse Blanc 2020 – Sku: 743720 – 2
Gauby
2020
PGI Côtes Catalanes
€21.90
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Le Roc des Anges - Les Vignes Métissées 2020 – Sku: 7372 – 85
Le Roc des Anges
2020
PGI Côtes Catalanes
€22.50
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The Roussillon vineyards: exceptional red and sweet wines

It is a vineyard in "amphitheatre" in which a most exciting wine show is played out. The Roussillon vineyards are spread out between the Mediterranean Sea and various mountain ranges: Canigou to the west, the Corbières to the north and the Albères to the south, on the border with Spain. In this setting of steep coves, mountainous foothills and sunny plains, the winegrowers are the actors of a whole new act where the rich and authentic wines are now in the spotlight. The reputation of the Roussillon vineyards is largely due to its red wines and, to a greater extent, to its exceptional natural sweet wines. Banyuls, Maury and other Rivesaltes are increasingly popular with wine lovers. All of this with a very attractive quality/price ratio.

General presentation of the Roussillon vineyard

The Roussillon vineyard covers a large part of the Pyrénées-Orientales department. It extends in the continuation of the Languedoc vineyard. Its 20,600 hectares of vines are spread along the Mediterranean coast, between the Etang de Leucate and the Spanish border, as well as on the Roussillon plain, the Agly valley to the north and on the south.e de l'Agly to the north of the Têt and Perpignan, the Aspres, the Corbières du Roussillon to the west and the foothills of the Albères to the south.

In this region, which is among the warmest in France, between the sea and the mountains, the vines benefit from a soil and climate that are conducive to exceptional terroirs. Many grape varieties are grown throughout the Pyrenees-Orientales. On the red side, Grenache noir is regularly grown alongside Carignan, lladoner pelut, mourvèdre and Syrah. On the white side, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris are used along with Macabeu, Malvoisie du Roussillon, Marsanne and Roussanne, Vermentino and Muscats à petits grains and Muscats d'Alexandrie.

The appellations of Roussillon

The Roussillon vineyards produce numerous AOCs, as well as IGPs, a label that replaces the former vins de pays. Several natural sweet wines are also typical of the region and deserve to be known.

The AOCs

The wines of Roussillon have 5 AOCs:

  • AOC Collioure: the famous port dear to the painters of the "fauvist" movement gives its name to this appellation. Grenache, mourvèdre and syrah on the red side and white and grey grenaches, macabeu, tourbat and vermentino on the white side, to name but a few, are grown on steep terraces overlooking the Mediterranean around the communes of Collioure, Banyuls, Cerbères and Port-Vendres. The AOC includes mainly red and rosé wines; some white wines, often unknown, are also concerned.
  • AOC Maury Sec: located to the northwest of Perpignan, this appellation is fairly recent, having been in existence since 2011. Here, the Grenache Noir grape variety dominates. Natural sweet wines are also produced in this area.
  • AOC Côtes-du-Roussillon: the wines of this AOC are produced around Perpignan and throughout the Roussillon plain. They are mainly red wines, which are the result of a blend of at least three grape varieties including Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache Noir and Carignan.
  • AOC Côtes-du-Roussillon Les Aspres: only red wines are produced here, which require at least 12 months of ageing.
  • AOC Côtes-du-Roussillon villages: between the Corbières massif and the Têt, in the Agly valley, this appellation concerns only blended red wines made from syrah, mourvèdre, carignan, grenache noir, cinsault, lledoner pelut and, in small proportion, macabeu.

The AOC Côtes-du-Roussillon villages is enriched by 4 geographical denominations, all concentrated north of the Têt:

  • Côtes-du-Roussillon villages Caramany
  • Côtes-du-Roussillon villages Lesquerde
  • Côtes-du-Roussillon villages Tautavel
  • Côtes-du-Roussillon villages Latour-de-France

The PGI (Protected Geographical Indication)

In 2009, the local wines became PGIs. The Roussillon currently has three of them:

  • IGP Côtes-Catalanes: this extends from Barcarès in the north of the Roussillon coastline, to Cerbère in the south, on the Spanish border.
  • PGI Côte-Vermeille: this covers four communes on the Côte Vermeille, south of Argelès-sur-Mer, namely Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Cerbère. The king grape variety is Grenache.
  • IGP Pyrénées-Orientales: it is produced throughout the department.

Natural sweet wines (VDN)

The Roussillon vineyard is distinguished from the Languedoc essentially by its important production of natural sweet wines. The Pyrenees-Orientales region is responsible for 80% of French production. These wines are the result of a mutage process developed in the 13th century. They are the result of traditional vinification methods based on sugar-rich grapes. During fermentation, neutral alcohol is added to stop the process.

The natural sweet wines of Roussillon are available in 5 appellations:

  • AOC Banyuls
  • AOC Banyuls grand cru
  • AOC Maury
  • AOC Muscat de Rivesaltes
  • AOC Rivesaltes

Appellations

Le vignoble

Clos du Rouge-Gorge

One of the great artisan-winemakers of the whole of France!

Gauby

Gérard Gauby, the master of Calce, has been pursuing his path to excellence for some thirty years now.

Out of Scope

The New Don(n)e

The Rectory

Since 1984, Marc and Thierry Parcé have been perpetuating the history of the family vineyard with the Domaine de la Rectorie, which was started by their great-grandmother Thérèse Reig. Based in Banyuls, between the sea and the mountains, the two brothers produce Banyuls and Collioure wines of very high quality, without doubt the best in the region, always marked by a striking balance

Le Clos des Fées

"Hervé Bizeul, vigneron et plume rebelle, n'a plus grand chose à prouver car son domaine fait partie de l'élite du Roussillon. Cela ne l'empêche pas de se remettre continuellement en question, de défricher de nouvelles pistes, d'innover, de sortir des sentiers battus et de créer de nouvelles cuvées.

Le Roc des Anges

One of the great rising stars of the French wine industry...

The Fagayra Lands

Olivier Pithon

"Avec d'entrée de jeu 3 étoiles, le domaine Olivier Pithon faisait il y a quelques années une entrée fracassante dans notre guide. Depuis, les vins continuent de nous convaincre d'année en année.

Rancy

Sol Payré

Five generations of winegrowers have succeeded one another at the estate, from Gustave Payré to Jean-Claude and Bertrand Sol. The Domaine is located in Elne, in the heart of the Aspres, in Roussillon, at the foot of the Pyrenees, the natural border with Spain. Reasoned protection, yield control and maturity are our watchwords! The particularity of the Domaine comes from the different terroirs with in the south, in the Aspres (Elne and Passa), about fifty hectares on clay-limestone soils, greedy wines with character and in the north, in the Agly valley (Maury), about ten hectares spread over Schist, Granite and Gneiss, here it's the minerality that speaks, the fineness of the tannins and the complexity of the aromas