2019 Domaine Danjou-Banessy, Estaca, Côtes Catalanes
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2019 Domaine Danjou-Banessy, Estaca, Côtes 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. Their Estaca vineyard, featuring schist and marl soils with silica and iron, is coplanted with mostly grenache noir. The vines here are the oldest in the domaine, at 130 years old.

2019 was a hot and serious vintage, which brought out a distinctive perfumed quality in the wine— think peonies and tea roses, as well as the freshly-rained-upon soil they grew in. Notes of wild raspberry, fresh cranberry, a medley of peppercorns, and a hint of saddle leather. Vivid, elegant, and singular.

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