Anyway, Collioure has arguably gained a pretty good reputation for its big red wines (based on Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre...), at least for those lucky enough to have discovered any of the very good ones; but also deserves to find a wider wine-enthusiast audience (especially as they can be just as dear as the reds) for its sometimes very characterful whites and rosés. Here are half-a-dozen 2008s I discovered at the Musaïques des Collioure wine & food festival in mid-June 2009, which are enticing autumn drinking." RMJames
2008 Domaine Manya-Puig (Grenache blanc Marsanne Roussanne) - aromatic, floral and lightly exotic fruit vs zingy, elegant and tight mouthfeel; zesty orange peel notes vs a touch of appealing weight and roundness. €8.50 87
2008 Les Canadells Domaine La Tour Vieille (mostly Grenache blanc Grenache gris Vermentino plus Macabeu Marsanne 14%) - floral nutty nose with a touch of background oak and lightly exotic fruit; juicy apricot-tinged palate with quite weighty and rounded mouthfeel, powerful nutty finish and well-handled oak texture. €13 87+
Browse 'Winery A-Z' for full profile & tasting notes on La Tour Vieille including a delicious rosé plus all their reds and VDNs.
2008 Domaine Piétri-Géraud (Grenache blanc Grenache gris Vermentino) - shows a touch of vanilla on the nose but this is zesty and fresh too, rounded and toasty but not too much with good balance in the end. Approx £/$/12 85
Browse 'Winery A-Z' for full profile & tasting notes on Piétri-Géraud.
Other great white Collioure tips: Mas Blanc, Coume del Mas, La Rectorie. More on these estates under 'Winery A-Z'.
2008 Domaine St. Sébastien - nice creamy vs lively red fruit style, oily textured and weighty vs zesty and crisp with light bitter twist. €8 87
2008 La Rectorie - big juicy vs tight and zingy mouthful, perfumed rose petal and red fruits on its quite serious finish. €15! 87+
Browse 'Winery A-Z' for full profile & tasting notes on La Rectorie.
2008 Domaine Casa Blanca - attractive oily and red fruity textured style, ripe "sweet" vs crisp and lively on the finish. 87+
Other tasty Collioure rosés: Clos Paulilles, Domaine Berta-Maillol. Browse 'Winery A-Z' for more info.