Producer wine
Yoyo

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Banyuls-sur-Mer

PRODUCTION :

photo: Vinatura

Laurence Manya Krief, known to most as Yoyo, has 5 hectares of old vines in Banyuls-sur-Mer delicately nestled between the mountains and the sea. After a brief career in the textiles industry in Paris, Yoyo began yearning for more connection with her work and wanted to free herself from what she described as an often “materialistic” environment. So she moved to the Banyuls, just miles near her hometown of Perpignan and purchased small plots of abandoned vines overlooking the Mediterranean ocean. By 2008 she converted her vines (primarily comprised of grenache and carignan) to be completely organic, and now maintains the steep slopes entirely by hand, horse, or mule (Uma). Yoyo’s aim to encapsulate the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, the salty breeze of the ocean, and the magic of the black schist soil, is perhaps why her wines are known to be some of the most elegant and poised of the beloved Banyuls.

 

CUVÉES
Wine

Vent Debout

Region: Albéres
Grape: Syrah
Vineyard Size: 
Soil: gneiss
Average Age of Vines: 80 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Cold stabilization, Direct press into fiberglass
Aging: 5/6 of the wine aging in barrique
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1 gram of S02/hl

Wine

Akoibon

Region: Banyuls
Grape: Grenache, Mourvèdre
Vineyard Size: 
Soil: Black Schist
Average Age of Vines: 
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Carbonic maceration for 10 weeks. End of fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Restaké

Region: Banyuls
Grape: Grenache gris/blanc, Carignan blanc/gris
Vineyard Size: 
Soil: Black Schist
Average Age of Vines: 80 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Skin contact maceration for 4 days for the Carignan grapes and direct pressing for the Grenache grapes. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1 gram of S02/hl

Wine

La Tranchee

Region: Banyuls
Grape: Grenache Noir
Vineyard Size: 
Soil: Black Schist
Average Age of Vines: 
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 8 day carbonic maceration on a bed of de-stemmed grapes. End of fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Aging: barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

KM31

Region: Banyuls
Grape: Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan
Vineyard Size: 
Soil: Black Schist
Average Age of Vines: 80 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Carbonic maceration for 10 days on a bed of de-stemmed grapes. Fermentation finished in stainless steel tanks
Aging: barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Alma

Region: Albéres
Grape: Grenache, Carignan
Vineyard Size: 
Soil: granite
Average Age of Vines: 80 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: grapes are destemmed and separated into two fiber tanks, then given carbonic maceration for 12 days
Aging: demi-muid
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1 gram of S02/hl

Wine

La Vierge Rouge

Region: Albéres
Grape: Grenache gris, Grenache noir
Vineyard Size: 
Soil: granite
Average Age of Vines: 80 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 3 week carbonic maceration
Aging: demi-muid
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none