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Roussillon Wine South of France

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Defined by the rugged eastern edge of the Pyrenees Mountains and near-constant sunshine, Roussillon is a region rich in Spanish history and influence. In fact, the Roussillon people mainly identify with being Catalan rather than French or Occitan.

Roussillon has been a culture of viticulture since the 7th century BC and not surprisingly, highly influenced by Spain in their winemaking techniques and wine styles. Furthermore, the arid, exposed, steep and uneven valleys of this so-called Pyrénées-Orientales zone, guarantee that grape yields are low and berries are small and concentrated. The region was quick to adopt a specific fortification process (locally called mutage), introduced by a Catalan physician in the 13th century. Seen as beneficial to the region’s whites, soon Roussillon also applied the process to the vinification of Grenache. Mutage involves fortifying the grape must (or must and skins together depending on desired effect) with a neutral grape spirit to arrest fermentation, resulting in a slightly sweet, high alcohol (15-18%), but still varietally expressive and aromatically complex wine called, vin doux naturel. Two clones of Muscat and Grenache of various colors are mainly responsible for the excellent vins doux naturels in the notable sub-appellations of Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury.

More recently modern winemaking techniques, coupled with a near perfect climate and optimal soils, altitudes and exposures have allowed Roussillon to quickly escalate the quality and popularity of its dry red wines as well, namely those of Maury, Cotes du Roussillon-Villages and Collioure.

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  • Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Maury, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2018
    Other White Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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    • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines GSM 2018  Front Label
      Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines GSM 2018
      Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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      • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2018  Front Label
        Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2018
        Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Banyuls (500ML) 2017  Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Banyuls (500ML) 2017
        Other Dessert from Banyuls, Roussillon, South of France, France
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        • Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire Blanc 2019
          Other White Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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          • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Rose 2019  Front Label
            Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Rose 2019
            Rosé from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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            • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2016  Front Label
              Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2016
              Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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            • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Carignan 2018  Front Label
              Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Carignan 2018
              Carignan from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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              • Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2018  Front Label
                Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2018
                Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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                • Department 66 Grenache 2015  Front Label
                  Department 66 Grenache 2015
                  Grenache from Maury, Roussillon, South of France, France
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                • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier r.i. Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2015  Front Label
                  Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier r.i. Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2015
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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