Made by: Domaine Danjou-Banessy

"Another amazing nose! What is it with these Danjou wines? I find myself almost forgetting to drink them… Frangipani, orange blossom, oleander, sweet box blossoms (Sarcococca). Smelling this wine is like meditation. You could lose yourself. And then, you taste it, and the acidity is voltage in the mouth. Not shocking, but shocking. All the florals, there, on the palate, but they taste as if they’ve been carved into stream-cold stones and frozen in ice. Tastes of cold rain. Of under-fern moss. Pomelo fruit, its white-granite-dust-subtle-citrus-sweet-tinged-bitterness, lingers on the mid-palate for a moment, then gives way to the stones, to the smoke, to the stone flowers.

From a single, walled, 1.5-ha vineyard of very old field blend of Grenache Noir, Blanc and Gris. Very low yields. Very, very old vines that were in a bad state, along with the soil, when they took over the vineyard. They’ve been working on bringing life back to the soil and nurturing the vines back to health. They’re also very, very slowly replacing the vines that have died but doing their own grafting programme over three or four years. The whole vineyard is harvested at the same time, all three varieties pressed together, fermented together, matured together. The wine is only one foudre (20 hl, 2,500 bottles). Bottled in spring after about 18 months in oak. - 17.5 points, Tamlyn Currin for JancisRobinson.com 

Winemaker: "A very special place; the vines are around the forest."

Terroir: Limestone with Schist soil.

Ages of the vines: More than 90 years old

Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested // natural fermentation (indigenous yeast) // gentle pressing // natural fermentation in oak Foudre // aged in old oak barrels for 18 months // no fining // no filtration. 

  • White
  • Grenache
  • France, Roussillon
  • Domaine Danjou-Banessy
  • Dry
  • 12.00%
  • Ready to Drink And Will Improve