Sun-ripened vinegar made from rare white Banyuls wine from the foot of the Pyrenees.
Banyuls is a sweet wine that is one of the best sweet wines in France. For this vinegar, Nathalie Herre uses white Banyuls (made from 100% Grenache gris), which is even rarer than the red one. It can be used in many ways instead of lemon, for example for fish dishes, and goes well with olive or walnut oil.
To make the vinegar, Nathalie Herre fills the wine into oak barrels, which are then exposed to the southern French sun for four months. The vinegar then matures and rests in carboys for two more months. The Mediterranean heat, the fluctuating humidity and the fact that the largest possible surface of the vinegar remains in the air, which stimulates the vinegar bacteria to work, gives this special vinegar its mild, aromatic and honest character .
Due to the traditional manufacturing process, the vinegar contains a residual alcohol (2.6% vol.). In addition, the oxidative manufacturing process ensures a long shelf life even when the bottle is open. In fact, this vinegar gains in flavor as it ages, as natural secondary aromas of vinegar production, such as notes of acetone, disappear and gradually give way to a slightly alcoholic, fruity aroma.
Incidentally, neither the base wine nor the vinegar is sulphurised. This is extremely rare and makes the vinegar very special.
Also available as a mixed collection of three.
Acid content: 6%, alcohol content: 2.6% vol.
Vinegar made from white Banyuls wine
The Vinaigrerie la Guinelle is managed by Nathalie Heere and has existed since 1999. It all started with Nathalie's passion for Banyuls wines. At first she was often laughed at when she said she wanted to make vinegar, but Nathalie stuck to her idea. In 1999, she acquired the small estate "La Guinelle" at the foot of the Pyrenees and made it the laboratory and headquarters of her vinaigrette, the last of its kind in France. Here fine vinegars are made from Banyuls wine, one of the best sweet wines in France, using traditional artisanal methods. Meanwhile, La Guinelle has built a solid reputation, supplying the best chefs in the country and beyond.
Manufacturer: La Guinelle Vinaigerie Artisanale, Cosprons, 66660 Port-Vendres, France