France: Languedoc Roussillon

South and East of Perpignan

Collioure and Banyuls, plus inland Côtes du Roussillon
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2010
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Domaine Berta Maillol

Address: Mas Paroutet, Route des Mas, 66650 Banyuls sur Mer
Tel: 04 68 88 00 54  Fax: 04 68 88 36 96
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:28:8N (42.46898)    Longitude: 3:6:6E (3.10171) 

This very old estate, located behind the town near the Musée Maillol (celebrating the famous artist who is a relative), oozes history and tradition; which the Berta-Maillol family will talk about enthusiastically around a lunch table in the cellar, if you book in advance with enough people to make up a group (plus a little walk around the vineyards afterwards). Banyuls is their forte, which slowly improve as they mature; the ‘solera’ method Hors d’Age (average age 5-8 years with a tiny proportion much older) is a real treat. Having said that, brothers Jean-Louis and Michel have made a few changes in winemaking techniques and style that show through nicely in their richer fruitier 2007 and 2008 Collioure reds; as well as new dry white wines and a chunky rosé.

Useful information: They also have a shop in town at 17 Avenue de la République.


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