2017 Domaine Danjou-Banessy, Espurna, Cotes Catalanes
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2017 Domaine Danjou-Banessy, Espurna, Cotes Catalanes

We come together around the idea of saying “yes”: A small word that contains everything.

Brothers Benoit and Sébastien Danjou were born to be trailblazers. Though born into a multi-generational winemaking family in the Côtes Catalanes, the family only made fortified wines until the brothers took over. Now, they’re internationally known and loved for their still, dry wines. Because their grandfather had a painful reaction to a chemical treatment he applied in the vineyard in the 1950s, the land has long been farmed without chemicals, and is now organic certified.

Along with planting beans, peas, corn, mustard, and more in the vineyard to enrich the soil, they also cultivate native Mediterranean trees such as olive, fig, pomegranate, and Laurel to bring moisture and provide protection to the vines from wind and scorching summer days.

Another Benoit and Sébastien innovation is single-vineyard wines. “Our job is to express the different soil types,” says Sébastien. Espurna, planted with century-old cinsault vines, features schist, marl and quartz soils. A striking garnet color, this wine opens with notes of black currant, rooibos, and a kiss of tarragon, then glides into notes of wild mixed berry coulis and star anise. Mesmerizing, and shockingly light on its feet.

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