Origins of Banyuls
The côte Vermeille’s soil is made of schist rock with a thick soil layer. In this mediterranean climate, the vine has to develop some powerful roots to extract water and nutrients it needs. With only 5000 to 6000 stocks/hectare, the exposition to the sun and Tramontane, the vine produces healthy and concentrated fruits. The vineyard is organized by low dry-stone walls that draw terraces and gave the traditional architecture. Terraces and steep hills make impossible any mechanization and requires to work exclusively by hand.
Banyuls are dessert wines, they are sweet thanks to the natural sugar of the grape that we kept by alcohol addition during the fermentation.
Tasting & food pairing
Very close to the grenache identity, the nose is made of fresh red berries : strawberry, blackcurrant and raspberry with a spicy hint. The mouth is dynamic and round while not hot. Generally enjoyed as an aperitif, Rimage goes well with desserts too or as a dessert on its own thanks to its freshness and fruity mouth. We say that a Rimage has to be drunk young (1 to 3 years old) or very old (20 years or more).
N.B : The term ‘Vintage’ having been forbidden for us to use, we have chosen ‘Rimage’, which to our minds, represents more about the freshness of this type of wine.