Domaine de La Rectorie
The Parcé family established their vineyards near Banyuls in the Roussillon region of France just after the turn of the 20th century. At first the family sold grapes to the co-operative like most of their neighbours and this situation persisted until 1984 when Marc and Thierry Parcé decided to make and bottle their own wine. They now farm 30 hectares of vines in Banyuls, divided into the same number of parcels in the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. The terrain dictates that the parcels have a variety of exposures, soils (though schist dominates), altitudes and grape varieties. The vines themselves average 50 years of age and are densely planted to increase competition between the roots, and some parcels have a mixture of grapes grown together.
Bold flavours of ripe Turkish figs, damson jam dominate and there is even a hint of dark chocolate and liquorice. A wine to be sipped and savoured.
A clear match with anything chocolate! Best served chilled.