Chateau Maris Le Zulu Chardonnay 2020

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Tasting Notes

Very approachable chardonnay with soft apple and pear aromatics with some concentrated lemon notes. The palate has medium acidity with refreshing lemon zest on the finish and slight minerality.


Zulu evokes the care given to nature, the respect for the spiritual energy surrounding us. It is an organic wine made from 100% Chardonnay grape varieties and no added sulfites.

Château Maris covers 45 hectares of land, divided into a multitude of plots on the hillside above La Livinière. It received Ecocert certification in 2002, then Biodyvin in 2004 and Demeter in 2008. The terroir has a very gentle slope and sun-drenched south-facing orientation, is made up of a mixture of schist, sandstone, quartz, marble and limestone that has been present for more than 50 million years. The soil, composed of sand, clay and pebbles, forms terraces which are ideal for wine growing. Nourished by the Mediterranean sun and with the cool wind from the Pyrenees sweeping across it, the vines enjoy a very special climate. The fig trees, broom, thyme, olive trees, oaks and pines on the land give the wines of Château Maris a unique character.

Biodynamic viticulture is a constant reminder that life, in all its forms, plays a role and that we must endeavor to care for it. With great attention to lunar and solar cycles, the soils and living organisms that make up and surround the vineyard form a complex ecosystem that influences the quality and flavors of the grapes. Château Maris was the first vineyard in the AOC Minervois La Livinière to be fully certified biodynamic. They are convinced that through more respectful working methods more quality wines are produced. In 2016 Château Maris was certified BCorp, becoming the first winery in Europe to achieve this and is currently one of only 26 in the world. BCorp assesses the entire structure in five areas: governance, environment, community, workers and customers. Chateau Maris was named “Best for the World” Environment in 2017 and 2018.

The winery uses hemp bricks, which is renowned for its natural insulation. It took eight years to build a 9,000 square-meter 100% plant-based cellar, which is completely biodegradable, self-sufficient in energy and carbon negative. A world first. They produce the wines with indigenous yeast, in custom-made wooden, thick concrete or egg-shaped vats to avoid using electrically conductive materials.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Cream Sauce Pasta, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Green Salads, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Sushi, Tapas, Vegetables

Grape Varietal:
100% Chardonnay
$17.00 each