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Banyuls, Quintessence, Coume del Mas (50 cl) - 2019

Along with the Léon Parcé de la Rectorie cuvée, this Quintessence signed Philippe Gard is one of the great Banyuls "rimage" of the appellation. It has a very pure nose of warm black fruits, camphor and chocolate notes. The palate is very silky in the attack, it evolves on a full, dense body, set with numerous satiny tannins. Soft indeed, but with a great power of fruit and tannins on the finish. Guide Vert RVF: 95/100
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This wine comes from old vines planted at high altitude, on the heights of Banyuls, with a yield of around 15 hl/ha. Here the vines, often centenarians, undergo a rigorous climate which allows a slow maturation, and to concentrate the flavours and the complexity. The grapes must have a sugar potential of over 286 g/l. The harvest passes through two sorting tables in the cellar, where up to 50% of the fruit is eliminated.


The grapes are put into vats, after de-stemming. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks is done using indigenous yeasts. Maturation is carried out on the grapes with a further 5 weeks maceration to create a tannic structure and a complex flavour profile. The wine has 110 g/l sugar and 16.5% alcohol. It was aged in barrels for 14 months, 50% new oak.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Chocolate-based desserts: soft, fondant, tart. Also excellent on a blue cheese platter.

Created by Nathalie and Philippe Gard, Coume Del Mas was created with the 2001 vintage. Located in the hamlet of Cosprons, it now covers 14 hectares spread over 32 plots of land in the communes of Banyuls and Collioure. This vineyard, because of its relief, its subsoil and its geographical situation, is one of the last original witnesses of the heroic viticulture known as mountain viticulture. While some plots of land reach an altitude of nearly 380 metres, others literally plunge into the Mediterranean. But without exception, all of them claim to be on dizzying slopes, making mechanisation impossible and human intervention decisive. The soil is actually Cambrian schist, deposited on a skeletal soil held in place by a system of terraces (fexes). This type of shale is not very common in Europe, and is found mainly here and in Portugal (Porto). They are very old, very acidic, very rich in metals (iron, aluminium) and give the vines wines of great character, with exacerbated freshness and tension, which we remember.

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