Grenache is the dominant variety in most Southern Rhône wines, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it is typically over 80% of the blend. In Australia it is typically blended in "GSM" blends with Syrah and Mourvèdre. The characteristic notes of Grenache are berry fruit such as raspberries and strawberries. When yields are kept in check, Grenache based wines can develop complex and intense notes of black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, spices and roasted nuts. When yields are increased, more overtly earthy and herbal notes emerge that tend to quickly fade on the palate.

Banyuls, Vin Doux Naturel, Domaine Bila Haut, Roussillon, 2017, M. Chapoutier
Michel Chapoutier
Banyuls Bila Haut M. Chapoutier 2017
Banyuls, Vin Doux Naturel, Domaine Bila Haut, Roussillon, 2017, M. Chapoutier  100% Grenache Noir hand harvested and matured in vats for eight months.  Banyuls is a (fortified) dessert wine made from old vines cultivated in terraces...