When it comes to viticulture, its often said that it is the worst soils make the best soils. This cannot be any truer than in this extreme south-western strip of France’s Mediterranean coast. The vineyards here are wedged-in between the Pyrenees and the sea, established on vertiginous slopes of infertile schist, defined by a landscape of some 6,000 kilometres of irrigation channels and dry-stone walled terraces built, initially, during the time of the occupation by the Knights Templar.
Cave de lAbbe Rous Banyuls Grand Cru Baillaury 2008
As the Grand Cru appellation dictates, this wine is made with the minimum 75% Grenache Noir, the balance being Grenache Gris. Aged in cuve and foudre, this 2008 vintage was bottled in March 2016.