It’s not just our opinion, critics the world over rate Domaine du Mas Blanc as Banyuls leading estate. This family owned and operated property has been in existence since 1639. Jean-Michel Parcé runs the show here now, and it was his father Dr André Parcé, who was not only instrumental in the creation of the Collioure appellation but also re-establishing the modern day reputation of Banyuls.
The Domaine covers 21 hectares in all, which provides fruit for three different cuvées of Collioure representing three individual vineyards, and several cuvées of Banyuls all of excellent quality. Banyuls is a grenache-based fortified wine that has been made since the thirteenth century. Sometimes referred to as the french cousin of port, Banyuls gets its name from the coastal town of Banyuls Sur Mer in the south of France, once a sleepy fishing town that attracted artists like Matisse and Picasso because it was a cheap place to live. The wines of Mas Blanc have a vivacity and depth rarely matched anywhere else.