Danjou

Benoit and Sébastien Danjou – Domaine Danjou-Banessy, Espira d’Lagly

These two brothers Ben and Seb took over Domaine Danjou from their grandfather in 2003. When not sipping on a bottle of Coche-Dury or Rayas (their standards are quite high…) they’re working with their passion; to show the diversity and uniqueness that their different vineyards are able to express.

It’s important for these brothers to keep up the work with old clones and the varieties that has been driven away in favour of the high producing, conventional mass that has infected the wine business during the last decades. At the time of writing, Ben and Seb have 15 hectares of vineyards, all spread out on lots of small parcels with different terroir. Their oldest vines (and yes they’re oldies) are situated in the forest, just north of Rivesaltes.

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Neither one of these charming brothers nor their ancestor’s saw anything good in poisoning the soil. So Ben and Seb never needed to clean up dirt or be under conversion.

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They work with neutral oak and concrete in the vinery and since 2009 they left the idea of extraction. The wines are fruity, mineral, fresh and very expressive – all in different ways depending on their origin. 

2015 Coste Blanc

Soil: Clay and limestone on top of pebbles.
Grape: Maccabeu
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press, fermentation and ageing in old 500-liter barrels for 10 months.


2015 Clos des Escounils

Soil: Schist, limestone and pink sandstone.
Grape: Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Age of Vines: 90 years
Yields: 15 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press, fermentation and ageing in old barriques for 18 months.


2015 La Truffiere Blanc

Soil: Black schists on top of limestone. These vineyards have the benefits of truffles growing around it.
Grape: 75% Carignan Gris 25% Carignan Blanc
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Age of Vines: 80 years
Yields: 20 hl/h

Vinification: Direct press, fermentation and ageing in old barriques for 18 months.



2015 Roboul

Soil: Limestone, tuffeau, pebbles and silty clay.
Grape: 80% Mourvedre 20% Grenache Noir
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Age of Vines: 30-50 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Mainly whole-cluster fermentation in open tanks with careful punchdown by feet, pressed after 25 days of maceration. Aged in old 500-liter oak barrels for 10 months before bottling.


2015 La Truffiere Rouge

Soil: Black schists on top of limestone. This vineyards has the benefits of truffles growing around it.
Grape: 50% Grenache Noir 50% Carignan Noir
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Age of Vines: 60-80 years
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Whole-cluster fermentation in open tanks with some careful punchdown by feet, maceration for 18 days, then pressed and aged in old 500-liter oak barrels before bottling after 18 months.


2013 Les Mirandes Rouge

Soil: Volcanic, from the ’Les Mirandes’ vineyard
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Age of Vines: 50-70 years
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Mainly whole-cluster fermentation in open tanks with some punch down by feet, pressed after 25 days of maceration. Aged in old 500-liter oak barrels for 20 months before bottling.


2015 Myrs Rouge

Soil: Decomposed schist.
Grape: Carignan Noir
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Age of Vines: 90 years
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Whole-cluster fermentation in open vat with careful punchdown by feet for 20 days, then pressed and aged in old barriques for 18 months.