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 La Tour Vieille

Address: 12 Route de Madeloc, 66190 Collioure
Tel: 04 68 82 44 82 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:31:33N (42.52597)    Longitude: 3:4:16E (3.07116) 

La Tour Vieille is a cordial union of several old family vineyards owned by Christine Campadieu, Vincent Cantié and Jean Baill; all located above and around Collioure, where you'll see ’la Tour Vieille’ (the old tower) at the entrance leading to their cellar, and in Banyuls-sur-Mer. La Tour Vieille has become ever-so-slightly cult, in a relaxed way echoed by the people behind it. The estate has recently been rationalised and trimmed down to 19 hectares, out of which about 5ha worth of grapes are sold to a local cooperative. Jean is the most recent member of the partnership bringing Vermentino, Mourvèdre and more Syrah to the varietal fabric. Favourite wines - most of them actually - include their well-made white Collioure called Les Canadells, sumptuous Puig Ambeillel red fromMourvèdre /Grenache and a few different Banyuls styles; the most stunning being a solera-style aptly named Vin de Méditation (its price also gives you something to think about at €50 for 50cl)!


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