AdVini-owned Maison Cazes has acquired Le Clos des Paulilles, the largest estate in the Collioure and Banyuls appellations.
The 90 ha estate, Le Clos des Paulilles, known for its vintage Banyuls, has been up for sale since 2011 and AdVini has acquired the property from the Dauré family, who have owned it since 1975.
Lionel Lavail, president of Rivesaltes-based Maison Cazes, said that the group’s immediate plans are to replant the estate’s Grenache and to open a restaurant and shop. Financial details were not disclosed.
Collioure is a popular tourist destination on Roussillon’s Côte Vermeille, and the region’s wines have begun to gain greater recognition of late.
‘With this recent acquisition, Cazes has broadened its range of top wines from the Roussillon,’ Lavail told Decanter.com. He said the deal was an ‘unmissable opportunity’.
Clos des Paulilles is located close to the Mediterranean in the protected geographical area of the Paulilles Bay. Cazes said that the area’s poor schist soils, dry, sunny climate, low yields and proximity to the cooling influences of the sea make it a perfect terroir for Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.
The estate produces Collioure red, white and rosé, as well as Banyuls Rimage (vintage) and Banyuls Traditionnel.
Written by Chris Mercer