Estate: Named the “The Biodynamic Apostles of the Languedoc” by Wine Spectator, 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 revitalize 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. It is considered “one of the five most environmentally friendly wineries in the world”.
‘Nymphe Émue’ is named after the pale pink rose ‘Cuisse de Nymphe’, which was brought to France from Crimea at the end of the 16th century.
Tasting Notes: Copper pink in colour with aromas of red berries and sea spray minerals. Cherry, red currant, strawberry and watermelon are glossed by citrus acidity. The mineral driven finish is dry and crisp. Fresh and fruity, super easy drinking and a fantastic value.
Grenache [I could not confirm varietal percentage.]
Bottled at the estate by les Vignerons du Val d’Orbieu
Rated 90 points by Wine Advocate