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, British born winemaker Robert Eden took over the 45 hectare 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”. Certified Biodynamic and organic.
Winemaking: Vines are in a mix of clay/limestone/sandstone soils. “Fermented for 10 days at 23C and maceration post at 28C, in concrete fermenter. Extraction from punching of the cap and light pumping over during a 4 week maceration. Aged 16 months in egg concrete tank and concrete tank.”
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour, very aromatic; with black cherry, licorice, earth, black pepper, black olive, bramble. Silky layers of black cherry, blueberry, blackberry, garrique, black olive, roasted chipotle and fresh acidity glide atop firm tannins. Black currant, black pepper, licorice and a trace of caramel saturate the plush finish. Velvety, lush, a fantastic value.
70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Minervois La Livinière AOC