Banyuls, Maury and Rivesaltes
Banyuls, Maury and Rivesaltes are appellations for three fortified wines produced in the Roussillon. The moment when alcoholic fermentation is interrupted is generally earlier than with port, creating a wine with a lower alcohol level and a larger quantity of residual sugars. Like port wines, those of Banyuls, Maury and Rivesaltes come in several styles. It is the way the wine is aged that will determine its style.
Two production methods
These wines come two varieties. The “oxidative” ones are aged in barrels or glass demijohns exposed to the surrounding air. These are identified with a statement of age (10 years, 15 years, etc.) or simply as “Hors d’âge.”
The other kind are briefly barrel-aged and then bottled when they still have the colour and perfume of a young wine. The Maury wines of this kind are identified by the terms Vendange, Récolte or Vintage, followed by the year of the vintage. Banyuls wines of this kind are described at Rimage, which means vintage in the local dialect.