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COLLIOURE famous for being in 1905 the birthplace of FAUVISM with André Derain and Henri Matisse is also well-known for its anchovies and its wines.The Collioure wine (red,rosé and white) is produced as Banyuls wine, in the 4 harbors of the Côte Vermeille ( on an area of 15 km long,6km wide) of Collioure,Port-Vendres,Banyuls and Cerbère.Forged by the sea,the sun,the mountains and the winds,Collioure's wines has always beenflavoured and strongly coloured.
The dominant grape-variety of this tiny appellation,the Grenache Noir,is combined with Syrah,Mourvèdre or Carignan according to the domaine.
Main grape varieties:-for the red and rosé:Black Grenache,Mourvèdre and Syrah
-for the white:Grey and White Grenache
Additionnal grape varieties: -for the red and rosé:Carignan,Cinsault
-for the white:Roussanne,Marsanne,Vermentino.
Yield:limited to 40 hectoliters per hectare
COLLIOURE RED: it has a full-bodied taste and a high tannin content(the grapes remain on the lees) with aromas of spices,red fruits,leather,roasting.It should be served at 16°C to 18°C with red meats and small game,may be guarded 5 to 10 years.
COLLIOURE ROSE:produced since 1991 has a frutier flavor and aromas of little red fruits,it should be served at 10° to 12°C and may be eat with cooked meats,pizzas.
COLLIOURE BLANC:AOC since 2003,it is well-structured with bouquet of dried fruit and aniseed notes;it should be also served between 10°C to 12°C ,wine pairing:seafood,fish.
Most of the local producers welcome visitors for tasting such as:
-Cellier des Templiers: www.banyuls.com a very informative site with recipes
-Domaine du Mas Blanc: www.domainedumasblanc.com
-Cave de l'Abbé Rous: www.abberous.com (see wine pairing and recipes)
-Cave Co-operative Le Dominicain and Domaine de la Tour Vieille in Collioure