Coste is a 100% Maccabeu. Freshness, minerality, balance: a great wine from this local grape of Roussillon.
|Appellation||Cotes du Roussillon|
|Other||BIO, No SO2|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (18)|
White fruits (pear), liquorice, medicinal herbs and honey on the nose. First a lot of freshness on the palate followed by some great minerality, chalky and stony. Some bitterness on the finish. A maccabeu true to his terroir.
Appetizers, fish, white meat, dishes with olives, cheese.
Terres noires: Clay soil on black schist and limestone rocks.
Biodynamic farming. Follow the lunar phases when working in the vineyard. Short pruning. Hand harvest in small basket.
Wine-making interventions are limited: fermentations with no additional inputs (sugar, yeast...) and the wines are neither fined nor filtered. The malolactic fermentation is blocked.
Located at Espira, a few kilometres away from Rivesaltes, Domaine Danjou-Banessy is an old family estate that was producing only fortified and dry rancio wines until Benoit took over from his father 10 years ago. His brother, Sebastien, an English teacher, joined the domaine full time 5 years ago. They are now producing dry whites and reds from very old vines of local grapes such as their rare and original carignan gris. Their soil has always been free from any chemicals; their father and grandfather were bio before anyone else. They are as non-interventionist as possible in the cellar. Benoit and Sebastien are Catalans but friends with many neo-vignerons that came from all over the world to Roussillon to produce great wines. Tradition and open-mindedness could explain the quality of their wines.