2011 Domaine La Tour Vieille Banyuls Rimage (500ml)

SKU #1116059 90 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and robust, this is filled with off-dry flavors of coffee, plum tart, cream and coconut. A note of chocolate-covered cherry lingers on the ripe finish. Drink now through 2025. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

A beautiful dessert wine from Rousillon in southwestern France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the Spanish border. Domaine La Tour Vieille owned and made by husband and wife time Christine Campadieu and Vincent Cantié in the town of Collioure. Rimage is a Catalan word which means vintage. Therefore a Rimage Banyuls is a fortified wine in which all grapes come from a certain vintage, much like a Colheita or vintage Port. Made of 100% black grenache, this Banyuls exhibits a dark black-purple robe, with intense blackberry jam and succulent rich flavors. This is France's answer to Port, and the absolute best wine to pair with chocolate! The sweet wine is made in a more modern style, which is grapey and fresh with silky tannins and plummy flavors. This would go phenomenally with chocolate desserts! 16% abv.

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Alcohol Content (%): 16