Red - Fortified

2012 M. Chapoutier Banyuls Vin Doux Naturel

Grenache Blend

  • France
  • Languedoc Roussillon
  • Roussillon
  • Banyuls
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • Screwcaps Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 20, 2021 - 12 Chapoutier Banyuls
    Day 3

    Deep red. Good cork- 1/8th even soak.

    Very sweet nose of moscatels, molasses, cola syrup, and soft Allen’s liquorice black strap.

    On entry it’s bright red, prune, and orange citrus rind fruited. Alcohol is in check, and the liquorice and rancio and oak notes really come to the fore.

    The medium weight fortified pulls up dry and tannic, with a very clear acid line cleaning up any sweetness yet landing and then expanding with a lovely dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar and nutty aged rancio character and mixed dried fruit finish- esp orange and lemon skins. Only a touch malty and heady through the excellent length.

    This is very much in the zone. It will hold for 5 more years at least, but it does not have the stuffing to go further in my (limited!) experience with Banyuls and it’s delicious now.

    Very good, 92. Now to 5. Better than I recall the last bottle. I noted and scored before looking at my last note.

  • Screwcaps Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 13, 2019 - Under $15 from Dan Murphys. Insane value. Still very young- deep red colour, fresh red fruit and chocolatey flavour, clean spirit and nice balance. Fruit driven tannins. Cork soak 1/4, wait another 7 years to drink remaining.

  • MichaelSy Likes this wine: 88 points

    May 11, 2019 - The QPR is what makes this really good. Chapoutier really does a good wine. This was $10AUD from Dan Murphy's and to be frank was actually pretty good. Not nearly as complex as the LBV and Ruby Ports that were next to it, but at that price it was good. People really enjoyed it, and the lovely vibrant fresh fruit start.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • sfwineguy Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 13, 2018 - Have to disagree on this one, perhaps it was due to bottle variation, but this was excellent. Went very well with chocolate as one would expect from Banyuls, but was outstanding with a cherry clafoutis that we had for dessert. Great balance between fruit and acidity.

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  • portman63 Does not like this wine: 85 points

    January 21, 2018 - I'm not quite sure I get these. It definitely has the maraschino cherry thing going on, but otherwise it seems simple and a bit flabby. It isn't necessarily poorly made, but I am so used to dessert wines having another element of acidity, salinity, fortification or a bit of oxidation to clean up the finish from whatever drives the mid-palate. This was relatively high in alcohol (16%) and basically the same all the way through. I'm basically trying to find alternatives to port for forest fruit or chocolate-based desserts.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red - Fortified
  • Producer M. Chapoutier
  • Varietal Grenache Blend
  • Designation Vin Doux Naturel
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Languedoc Roussillon
  • SubRegion Roussillon
  • Appellation Banyuls
  • UPC Code 3391185101222

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 64 (57%)
  • Consumed 49 (43%)

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