The Roussillon

 Toupie

The Roussillon is a truly magnificent region of spectacular scenery.

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What makes the Roussillon so interesting today is the profusion of old bush vines originally planted for the sweet aperitif wines that used to be so popular in France. It is not unusual to find vines more than 50 years old. The potential is enormous. However some of the large coops still make disappointing wines. This is a region where it really is best to seek out the best small-scale producers.

 

These gnarled old vines give wonderfully concentrated flavours. Yields are very low and harvesting has to be by hand.

Jean-Baptiste & Elise Trilles on their Domaine

 Jean-Baptiste Trilles produces some amazingly full flavoured wines from his old bush vines, some are as much as 100 years old. 

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 Domaine de La Toupie is situated in the spectacular countryside close to the Spanish border. A dry arid land of Cathar castles and vertiginous mountains where little except vines will grow. 

The estate's flagship wine is Maury Sec. Maury is a historic Appellation, renowned in France for it's sweet fortified wines. However it is becoming less fashionable and sales have declined. Some progressive winemakers are now making fantastic dry red wines in the region. There are very old bush vines that produce wonderfully intense wines. Only the best are allowed to take the Appellation Maury Sec (dry).

See Andrew Jefford's view of Maury Sec

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