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Superb Banyuls and Collioure from Domaine du Traginer!

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"Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Cru are the appellations for France's finest and certainly most complex vin doux naturel" says The Oxford Companion to Wine, and we have enjoyed fine examples from Dr. Parcé, Domaine de la Rectorie, La Tour Vieille, and others. Recent tastings of the Banyuls and Collioures from Jean-Francois Deu at Domaine du Traginer have been a revelation and we are glad to have these magnificent wines on our shelves. M. Deu took over the family estate in 1975, named after his uncle Anicet who was the last mule-driver ("Traginer" in Catalan) in Banyuls. In 1988 he began to work his parcels in organic and biodynamic agriculture, with a large portion of the estate again worked by mule. Currently certified by Ecocert, the estate is also a member of Nicolas Joly's Renaissance des Appellations. No yeasts or enzymes are added, nothing except "très bon raisins" and a small addition of SO2. The Banyuls are aged in hundred-year-old barrels, the Collioures in newer barrels and foudres.

The red Banyuls are made with Grenache, Grenache Gris, and Carignan with the traditional method of "mutage" - the fermentation is stopped by addition of alcohol, followed by a long maceration and aging in barrel. The complex and delicious 2008 Banyuls Grand Cru was aged for 6 years. The Banyuls Ambré, made with Grenache, Grenache Gris and Muscat, spent 15 years in barrel, yielding an astonishingly distinctive, long, and mineral wine. The Banyuls Rimage and Banyuls Blanc are aged briefly in stainless steel, giving superb aromas and forward fruit; they are perfect as aperitifs or with fruit deserts. While we may not share the French way of enjoying a sweet wine as an aperitif or with dessert, the sensational quality of these wines may encourage you to become a bit more French in your habits...

The still wines of Collioure have not enjoyed great popularity in the US as the reds are often over-ripe and monolithic, and the whites are sometimes heavy and undistinguished. The great vineyard work at Traginer, however, produces reds with great complexity of fruit and flavors of earth and minerals balanced by good acidity - real wines of terroir that express the schist soils and sun-baked hills of Collioure. The Traginer white is simply outstanding. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, and Malvasia, the wine shows subtle aromas of stone, white fruits, lime flower, brown spice, and resin, lifted by a slight oxidative character. The palate is dense and very mineral with pear and dried herbs, very long, fresh and stony. The Traginer Rosé is exceptional as well, with dark onion-skin color, aromas of ripe peach, red fruits and spice with terrific depth and length with firm acids.

Jean-François Deu at Domaine du Traginer is doing exemplary work both in the vineyard and in the cellar - these unusual, distinctive and delicious wines deserve your attention. DL

 

Traginer NV Banyuls Ambre (aged 15 years) 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Ambré would be an unusual and delicious way to end your feast, pairing well with the pies and delicious to sip when the meal is over...This superb wine is made from Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc and Muscat, aged for 15 years in small, very old barrels. Complex aromas of citrus, tea, prune, flowers and caramel. The palate is balanced, with a pretty melange of citrus, white fruits, earth and secondary flavors, very long and lifted by nice acidity. A gorgeous vin doux naturel that will accompany aged cheeses, figs and foie gras, and it's sensational beautiful by itself. Really a unique and delicious wine. DL

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  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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Traginer 2010 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 17% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit. Lovely aromas of prune, tea, coffee and black fruits, the palate is ripe and rich with deep pruney fruit, cocoa and spice. A lovely balanced and elegant Banyuls at a close-out price from this great organic estate. DL

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Traginer 2006 Banyuls Grand Cru 500ml

Grenache, Grenache Gris and Carignan, aged for six years in ancient barrels, bottled without collage (fining) or filtration. High-toned red fruits, blood orange, brown spice, tobacco and cocoa aromas, really complex and lovely. Chalky red fruits, earth and cocoa with fresh acidity on the palate. Ripe and deep but fresh and light as well, really balanced and lovely. A wonderful aperitf and of course with fruit desserts and chocolate. Bravo to Domaine Traginer! DL

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Traginer 2011 Banyuls Blanc 500ml

Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Muscat grown in Traginer's organic vineyards above Banyuls. Beautiful aromas of apricot, pear and almond. Very floral. The palate is deep and medium-sweet with candied citrus, apricot and stone flavors and terrific length. Serve not too cool, as an apéritif or with desserts of peach, apricot, pear and melon. Delicious! DL

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Traginer 2009 Collioure Rouge Vieille Foudre

Equal parts Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah from the steep schist terraces of Banyuls-sur-Mer, this is a pure and concentrated expression of this dramatic coastal stretch of the Roussillon. Cool aromas of purple florals and animal musk mingle with soft figgy fruit, dark cherry, and clove; the rich, round palate has more spicy Syrah and brambly Mourvedre notes than most blends from this region. Tart blackberries, broad bing cherry, bitter plum, fresh ginger, and supple earth combine with a strong tannic frame and long, dry, mineral finish. Complex, pleasureable, and an impressive balance of force with finesse. Pairs beautifully with lamb burgers, grilled raddichio, and red wine vinaigrettes. AR

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  • red
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Traginer 2008 Collioure Cuvée Octobre

Made from equal parts Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Syrah from Domaine du Traginer's organic vineyards on the steep slopes high above Banyuls-sur-Mer. A later picking gives a degree more of alcohol (14.5) than the "regular" cuvée. Dark red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry and black-cherry with hints of citrus, truffle, smoke and tar. The palate is supple, dense and very ripe, but with a cool quality to the dark fruit due to good balancing acidity. Complex flavors of blackberry, prune, chocolate, thyme and licorice linger in the long food-friendly finish. A great glass of wine! Serve with duck, coq au vin, steak, strong cheeses.

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Traginer 2010 Collioure Blanc

An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Malvasia grown on low-yielding vines, on steep slopes above the Mediterranean. Subtle aromas of stone, white fruits, lime flower, brown spice and resin, lifted by a slight oxidative character. The palate is dense and very mineral with pear and dried herbs, very long, fresh and stony. Serve with a full-flavored fish dish, strong cheeses. Really superb, and a close-out price. DL

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Traginer 2011 Collioure Rosé

This is a beautiful Collioure Rosé—lovely onion-skin color, aromas of ripe peach, raspberry  and ripe  melon with a hint of spice. The palate is dense with briary red fruits, blood orange, stone and dried herbs, quite viscous and very long. The wine deepens nicely with time open—really a delicious and "serious" rosé that will accompany a fish soup, grilled tuna, chicken and pork dishes. DL

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