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DOMAINE LA TOUR VIEILLE – COLLIOURE & BANYULS WINES

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The Domain was created in 1982, resulting from the union of two established wine producing families with Vincent Cantié already at Collioure and Christine Campadieu joining him from Banyuls-sur-Mer. Their two Catalan families have been linked to wines for many generations and in the year 2000, they remodelled the domain, constructed a ‘chai’ (wine store) and a ‘cave’ (wine-cellar) for wine-making in the heart of their vineyard in the locality of “la Tourette” (the little tower) over-looking Collioure.

This domain’s dozen hectares of vineyards are scattered between Collioure, Paulilles, Cosprons and Banyuls-sur-Mer where low dry schistous stone-walls and steep slopes prevent any form of mechanisation. The grape varieties growing in these vineyards are Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, Syrah, Roussanne and Vermentino and when made into red, white and rosé wines bear the name of “Collioure” on the label and when made into a Vin Doux Naturel, they are known as “Banyuls”.

However, there are also a few remarkable speciality wines that by their richness and concentration, are a true expression of the arid and fragrant landscape where the grapes grow. E.g. there is a dry white called “Mémoire d’automnes” produced by élevage d’abandon (left to itself to mature naturally), the traditional ‘rancio sec’ “Cap de Creus” takes its name from local Catalan landmark and finally, the “Vin de Méditation” is a very old Banyuls existing since 1952 using the Solera method.

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