Banyuls Grand Cru Traginer 2015, natural wine, vin doux naturel, rich, expressive profound sweet wine with incredible intensity, layers of flavour and style. The Grand Cru wine is made from the best selection of fruit from the best vines at the domaine. In this case, 90% Grenache Noir and 10% Carignan Noir with an average age of about 50 years. The harvest is meticulous, usually involving three separate passages through the vines to make the fruit is picked at its perfect phenolic ripeness. All the bunches are ‘ egrappe’ meaning the stalks are removed before the pressing. The fermentation takes place with natural yeasts and is ‘stunned’ with certified biodynamic grape spirit followed by a maceration of about one month. No sulphites are added at any time during the fermentation process. The wine is then aged for 6 years in barrels with a small amount of oxidative ageing to make it slightly ‘rancio’. There is no fining or filtration, a tiny amount of sulphur is added at bottling. This is Banyuls are its most profound, a wine which elicits a string emotional reaction when you drink it (aided by the 17% abv).
The flavours are very deep, dried fruits, nuts, spices, coffee, bitter and sweet chocolate, it has it all. Although Banyuls is considered a Port alternative for Cheeses and strong desserts, these wines are so delicious, they work in a vast array of situations and with all manner of foods. Try chilled as an apero when warm outside with some small pieces of Roquefort style cheese, some black olives, some Pate on crusty bread, but also try with main courses like Civets with Game or Beef. This wine is also superb with anything chocolate. Or simply, open the bottle and savour small glasses on their own whilst reading your favourite book.
|Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
|Domaine De Traginer
|Port, Sherry and other Fortified Wine
|6 years in barrels with some oxidative ageing
|Below 50 mg/litre
|0 - 5,000 bottles
|10 years plus
|Blue Cheese, Desserts, Hard Cheese, Poultry, Red Meat, Rich Sauces