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Château Maris Old School Rouge 2012


Château Maris is located in the Minervois area of the Languedoc in southern France and is headed by biodynamic winemaker Robert Eden and Green Partners CEO Kevin Parker. The estate “is fanatically committed to natural and sustainable practices in the vineyard, winemaking, and all aspects of operation”. From the soil to the winery, the entire estate is carbon neutral. The winery is built of hemp bricks, which are able to maintain temperature and humidity levels on their own and the vineyards are worked with plough horses [Karabi, the plough horse is depicted on the label.] All of the grapes are biodynamically and/or organically estate grown, hand picked and fermented with natural yeasts in concrete tanks, with the goal of “preserving the freshness of fruit”. In addition to the ultra light recycled bottles and recycled paper labels, the US importer, Natural Selection Wines, is also environmentally efficient with 100% wind powered offices in Brooklyn, NY.

Companionably both rustic and elegant, with aromas of sun baked brick, brambly wild berries and hints of sweet vanilla bean. Cherry, strawberry and black currant ran atop an earthy undercurrent, whilst chocolate and espresso notes comprised the moderate finish. Progressive and easy drinking, this is a friendly glass at the table.

90% Syrah, 10% Grenache
14.5% Alcohol
Bottled by DCM. AF11160
Enjoy now thru 2015
Rated 88 points by Wine Spectator


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