Yoyo, Montesquieu des Albères

In the Banyuls area of Roussillon, near the Spanish border Laurence, also nicknamed Yoyo, farms 5,5 hectares of steep, beautiful vineyards that faces the ocean. Her miniscule production makes her wines almost impossible to find even in France.

Yoyo springs from a family where the women work with fashion and the men make wine. She, herself was a bit alien in that context and dreamt of becoming a shepherdess in her late teens. But, she wasn’t a man, so that wasn’t very suitable, instead she went to fashion school in Paris and then worked as a commercial director for 10 years. 10 years of horror as she calls it. At 35 she couldn’t stand it anymore, she disobeyed the rules of the family, went to winemaking school and fell in love in the Banyuls area after a visit.

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In 2005 she moved there and bought her small parcels, first vintage was made in 2007. The though slopes are worked with a horse and plow, and Yoyo has since start been working organic.  Today she has 7 ha of vineyards and buys grapes from 1 ha for the wine Alma. She makes her wines in the village of Monteseqieu des Albères, where she shares the old co-op with her friend Jean-Francois Nicq, Les Foulards Rouges.

YoYo’s wines are a pure joy to drink. They are juicy and fruity, with vibrant and intense flavours that never feels heavy. It takes skill and talent to make wines like these, and YoYo executes with perfect balance.

2021 Restaké

Soil: Black schist, from Banyuls
Grape: Grenache Gris
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: Planted 1976
Yields: 10-16 hl/
Vinification: 5 days maceration on the skins before pressing, to gain structure and freshness, not to do an orange wine. Continuously fermentation and ageing in old barrels until bottling in March 2022.


2021 Aikoibon

Soil: Black schist, from Banyuls
Appellation: Vin de France
Grape: 30% Mourvèdre 70% Grenache
Age of Vines: Planted 2006
Yields: 10-16 hl/h

Vinification: Maceration carbonique for 3 weeks before pressing and ageing in old 500 liter oak barrels before bottling in March 2022.


2021 Tranchée

Soil: Black schist, from Banyuls
Grape: Grenache Noir
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Village
Age of Vines: Planted 1956
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Maceration carbonique for 3 weeks before pressing and ageing in old 500 liter oak barrels before bottling in March 2022.


2021 Alma

Soil: Granit, from Albères
Grape: Grenache Noir
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Village
Age of Vines: Planted 1970
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Maceration carbonique for 3 weeks before pressing and ageing in fiberglass tanks before bottling in March 2022.


2021 Vierge Rouge

Soil: Granit, from Albères
Grape: Grenache Noir, Grenach Gris, Grenache Blanc
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Roussillon Village
Age of Vines: planted 1956
Yields: 7 hl/h

Vinification: Maceration carbonique for 3 weeks before pressing and ageing in old 500 liter oak barrels before bottling in March 2022.