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Domaine La Tour Vieille
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Vin Doux Naturel 2010 Banyuls AOC Rimage, Roussillon, France

Type: Vin Doux Naturel (Vin Doux Naturel - natural sweet wine (fortified))
Quantity: 0.5 L
Alcohol content: 16.5%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Registration number: #LTV-LBR1111

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Last reviewed: 27 May, 2012

The liqueur wine area is located in the wine-growing region of Roussillon at the foot of the Pyrenees directly on the Spanish border. It is the southernmost appellation in France. The grapes not used for liqueur wine production are used to produce the AOC Collioure, whose area is congruent with that of Banyuls. The vineyards on steep slopes on the coast facing the Mediterranean Sea cover around 1,400 hectares of vines on slate soils in the four municipalities of Banyuls-sur-Mer, Cerbère, Collioure and Port-Vendres. This is where one of the most famous sweet, fortified vin doux naturel is...

The wine-growing region lies deep in the south of France and is the southern part of the huge Languedoc-Roussillon area (see history there). The first muscatel grapes were cultivated here, which were used as the basis for the famous fortified sweet wines. The famous doctor and scholar Arnaldus de Villanova (1240-1311) is considered the inventor of the vin doux naturel, as it is called today. Although they are also produced in the neighbouring Languedoc to the north-east, Roussillon accounts for around 90%. For four centuries it was part of the Kingdom of Mallorca and only became part of...

France is a relatively young wine-growing country compared to Greece and Italy. The first vines were brought to France in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, who founded Massalia (Latin Massillia = Marseille) in the southwest on the Mediterranean coast. At this time, the land that was only later called Gaul by the Romans was inhabited by the Celts. A lively trade developed and the Greeks covered the demand. When the Greeks migrated to the Po Valley in the 5th century, they got to know Italian wine and began to import it. The later French had been consuming wine for a long time before they began to cultivate it themselves on a large scale. The...

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