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The vineyards of Domaine de Valcros are situated at Collioure, a picturesque fishing village on the Mediterranean coast and part of France's southern most AOC. The soils are a schist, on very steep terraces and rolling hills, totalling 90 hectares. The estate works with biodynamic viticulture, aiming for natural balance through biodiversity and minimal intervention. The region produces rare fortified wines packed with ripe, red fruit flavours.
By law the grapes harvested for Banyuls must contain 254 grams of sugar per litre. The hand-selected grapes are then de-stemmed, fermentation is stopped by addition of grape brandy and the wine continues to macerate on the skins for a further three weeks before being aged in tanks.
Banyuls is very dark ruby-red in colour, with heady aromas of cherries, raisins and stewed red fruits with a touch of spice. On the palate sweet, strong and tart with a long finish redolent with further red fruit flavours of raspberries and plums. An excellent dessert wine, it is great with chocolate and cheese.