Estate: Chateau Maris is located at the eastern edge of the village of La Livinière at the foot of the Montagne Noire Mountains, in the Languedoc region of southern France. With a goal of “creating “grand cru-level” wines from La Livinière in the Minervois appellation, winemaker Robert Eden took over the estate in 1996. Eden converted the entire estate to biodynamic farming after trying different methods to revitalized the soils that had been rendered unusable due to the previous owner’s overuse of chemicals. Over the years his green approach and biodynamic processes have gained much recognition. He has built “the world’s first hemp cellar” that functions carbon neutrally. The hemp bricks not only capture carbon dioxide, but also maintain temperature and humidity so that heating or cooling is not needed.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of dried rose petal, red fruits, black pepper, and a bit of rosemary. Vivid cranberry, cherry and plum flavours glide across a spicy undercurrent and agile tannins in the light body. Fruit, spice and traces of crushed rock minerals comprise the succinct finish. Straightforward with clean, pure flavors, this is fantastic on its own or paired with just about any dish. Enjoy with a slight chill as the fruit really pops.
80% Carignan, 20% Grenache [Percentages taken from the tech sheet on the winery’s website, listed as 100% Carignan by Wine Advocate.]
Vin de France
Bottled by EMB 30258
Enjoy now thru 2018
Rated 91 points by Wine Advocate