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Banyuls blanc Rivage, Vial Magnères - 2018

A speciality of the estate since 1986, when Bernard Sapéras made his first vintages, this Banyuls was described by its creator as his «calling card», because he invented it in this colour. Unlike the reds that are made from grapes, this wine is made from must-mutated grapes. The 2018 more than delighted us with its fine, sparkling fruit, with hints of citrus fruit and orange blossom. A real delight! Vinum : 17/20
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Cambrian soil composed essentially of decomposing brown shale. Density of 5000 vines/ha. Planted in terraces, in gobelet style. Mediterranean type climate, very windy, the tramontane is almost daily. Average age of the vines: 70 years. Yield: 30 hl/ha. Parcels spread over the coastal fringe of Banyuls-sur-Mer.


Hand-picked in 20 kg containers. Fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks. Maturation on juice. Aged in stainless steel tanks. Preservation in airtight conditions and early bottling.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Foie gras toast • Pear and blue cheeses • Apple fritters.

The Vial Magnères cellar was built in the 1960s by Gaby Vial, the father-in-law of the late Bernard Sapéras. Mr Vial himself had taken over from his father-in-law, André Magnères, hence the name of the estate. When he arrived in 1985, Bernard Sapéras was only there to assist his father-in-law in the production of Banyuls. But he quickly developed a passion for winemaking, humbly imprinting his style and signature. Today, and since his tragic death during the 2013 harvest, the estate is in the hands of Olivier Sapéras (his son) and Laurent dal Zovo, a talented oenologist who also manages the viticulture team and, of course, the cellar.The 10-hectare vineyard is mainly located between Banyuls and Cerbère, on the coastal fringe overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It includes several sectors, with different exposures and morphologies. The soils are made up of Cambrian metamorphic rocks, essentially composed of decomposing schist. The dominant grape variety is, as it should be, Grenache in its three colours: black (65%), grey (15%) and white (11%), often planted in the same parcels. This high proportion of white and grey Grenache dates back to the time when the estate mainly produced tiled Banyuls. Since then, the renewals (1200 to 1500 vines per year, on average) have been made by massal selection and from black Grenache. The remaining 9% is devoted to Syrah, Carignan and a small...

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