This is a pitch-perfect white Banyuls blend that meets the various peaks and valleys of the place it is from – as aromatic as Alsatian muscat, grenache gris imparts a sunny aspect to the rich, bodily heft of grenache blanc, from Laurence Manya-Krief of Domaine Yoyo who tends four hectares of centenary vines in the Roussillon’s Banyuls.
Vinification: This is a blend of 75% Grenache Gris/Blanc and 25% Carignan Gris/Blanc, hand-harvested from ~85 year-old vines and 4 year-old vines, respectively. Grown in black schist soils from the highest altitude vines in the Banyuls with yields of 10-16 hl/ha. The grapes are directly-pressed and spontaneous fermentation is kickstarted with only the help of native yeasts in stainless steel tank before 6-month aging in old barrels before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no additional SO2. 13%ABV