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Banyuls wine appellation
Wine appellation
Country: France

Banyuls is a wine appellation in the southern-most part of France near the charming seaside town of Collioure. The vines are grown on incredibly steep, terraced slopes. The wine produced here is mainly Vin Doux Naturel which is a red fortified, slightly sweet wine that is a perfect match for chocolate desserts. The mutage (addition of alcohol to stop the fermentation) must occur in the year in which the grapes are harvested, therefore there is only a short fermentation period.
The wine is made with a predominance of Grenache from vines that are tended on the steep slopes overlooking the Mediterranean. The wines are barrel aged for a minimum of two and a half years if they are to be called Banyuls Grand Cru.
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