Collioure and Banyuls, plus inland Côtes du Roussillon
By Richard James
This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2010
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Address: 1 Rue des Ecoles,
Tel: 04 68 38 89 53 Fax: 04 68 38 84 42
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:33:46N (42.56289) Longitude: 2:49:43E (2.82873)
Frédérique Vaquer bases her wines on the personality of both variety and vineyard plot, and she is not very interested in conforming to appellation stereotypes. Hence several of these elegant wines are varietal and labelled as ‘Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes’; such as the complex age-worthy Cuvée Fernand Vaquer red, L'Expression ( old Carignan ) and Exigence ( Grenache). However, Frédérique's L'Exception red is now AC Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres, from the 2005 vintage, as she decided to demarcate certain plots accordingly to make a statement blend of varieties. They still have stocks of a few senior-citizen vintages: 20+ year-old reds which mellow into mature Burgundy type wines, and nutty rounded whites which can be interesting although not all of them stay the course… You should also try their sumptuous, Madeira-like Rivesaltes Ambré ‘ Hors d'Age solera’ (made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu); two different red Rivesaltes styles (early-bottled and fruity; cask-aged and complex) and a delicious example of Muscat de Rivesaltes.
Useful information: Telephone in advance to visit their little backstreet cellar/shop or arrange to meet them in the vineyards just outside Tresserre, near the 'Station Viti-Vinicole' research centre (a rather soothing spot on the rolling landscape).
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