Domaine de la Rectorie
Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc
Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
“Cuvée Thérese Reig”
“Cuvée Léon Parcé”
The medieval fortress of Collioure rises directly out of a beautiful bay of turquoise ocean. It is one of the best preserved forts and villages of southern France. Only a few miles away lies the Spanish frontier and here, in Catalan country, the cuisine, the accents, the wines and the language barely recognize the frontier.
Two brothers, Thierry and Marc Parcé inherited the vineyard; which has long been in the family. Both were raised there, but Marc had gone to Paris and become a professor of literature when the inheritance occurred. After much hesitation, he returned to the land and the brothers determined they would turn their Collioure and Banyuls production into the highest quality in the appellations, which they have. The work is hard and, in the true old-fashioned way, totally manual. No tractor could ever get into the maze of rock walled spaces. The brothers set to work with an old friend, concert guitarist Pedro Soler, who was also raised in the vineyard. Pedro stops his circuit during harvest and becomes a member of the, vineyard family. Another crucial person has been the prominent oenologist, Jules Campadieu.
The harvest is done not only by vine variety, which is usual, but by altitude, which is rare. The ancient vines closest to the sea were planted first and include Carignan vines far older than any of the vineyard team. They mature first. Then the Grenache begin to ripen. The younger vines in the higher reaches get very different temperature and humidity conditions and are the last to be picked.
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