Written By Treve Ring Fortified Wine / Libations Sep 16, 2010 M. Chapoutier Banyuls Rouge 2007 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestBanyuls AC, Languedoc Roussillon, France $26-30 for 500ml *Available at select private stores +823625www.chapoutier.comThink you know the Grenache grape? Think again mon ami. This dessert wine is 100% Black Grenache, made into a Vin Doux Naturel (Naturally Sweet Wine). The additional sweetness and extra intensity are a result of picking overripe, sugar-intensified grapes that have hung later in the harvest then regular grapes. The wine is then fortified with a spirit, stopping fermentation and leaving all the sugary goodness. Le finis? Big and unctuous, with cocoa, dried fruit, dark raspberry, spice, mandarin peel and earth notes. Bright acid balances beautifully. Though sweet, it can do double duty if you’d like to serve it as aperitif with blue cheese and roasted nuts. Classically though, it is said that Banyuls is the only dessert wine that truly pairs with chocolate. Aha! Put it to the test with dark chocolate torte. Twist your arm, oui?Vins Doux Naturels must contain a minimum of 50 percent Grenache to be called Banyuls AC, taking its name from the nearby fishing port. Since additional alcohol is added (bringing it up to 17-18%), it can last longer once opened, and is also capable of extended aging prior to popping the cork.The great Chapoutier is synonymous with the Rhône Valley, in the wine business there since 1879. Now in their 7th generation, the winery produces exceptional wines stretching the length of the Rhone, plus Southern France, Portugal and Australia. Since 1996, Braille has been present on all M. Chapoutier labels as a tribute to the inventor of Braille, Maurice Monier, an Hermitage vineyard owner.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) Dessert WineFortified Wine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Dessert Wines / Fortified Wine / Red Wine / Rosé / Sparkling Wine / White Wine February 4, 2013 Westside Wine Trails – Sip With Your Sweetheart Event The Westside Wine Trail wineries return for their annual Sip with Your Sweetheart Event in celebration of Valentine’s Day. All nine wineries of ... Read More Food Pairings / Fortified Wine December 7, 2012 Wines of Worth: Sherry + Food I was thinking about this week’s topic, as I so often do, over a late night drink. In my glass? Palo Cortado Sherry. On my plate? Salty Grana ... Read More Fortified Wine February 21, 2012 Bodegas Hidalgo Manzanilla La Gitana I love sherry. Ancient, lengthy, site-specific, traditional, rare, haunting, lingering, unique. What’s not to like? People complain that it’s too ... Read More Fortified Wine February 9, 2011 Gonzales Byass Noe Pedro Ximénez, VORS Pedro Ximénez , or PX as it’s affectionately called, epitomizes the adage that a little goes a long way. Made from a white grape with the same ... Read More Fortified Wine December 19, 2010 Carlo Pellegrino Passito de Pantelleria A pretty common holiday scenario: friends over for dinner, perhaps impromptu, you’re all indulging in the merriment of the season, you want to ... Read More Comments are closed.