Château Maris "La Touge" 2016

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Tasting Notes
Bramble and a touch of “funk” lead to aromas of black fruits, leather, plum, and a whisper of spice. It’s earthy but still shows a good amount of fruit and elegance. Medium weight on the palate with a soft, supple texture. Flavors from both the Grenache and Syrah can be detected here, and work harmoniously to craft a balance between fruity and savory elements. Ripe black cherries mingle with coffee and mocha, leading to a spice-laced (black pepper and clove) finish.
 
 
The biodynamically-farmed grapes for this wine come from vineyards planted on hard and soft limestone and alluvial soils. They are then fermentedand aged (16 months) in a concrete.  The wine is bottled without fining and light filtration.
 
 
Château Maris is a 75-hectare estate (34 under vine) in the French region of Minervois, certified organic since 2002, and biodynamic since 2004.  It contains a number of small hillside vineyards, with many parcels turned by horse using a plow built out of scrap metal.  Bulgur, barley, and mustard are grown between the rows; organic compost made from cow, sheep, and horse manure is used as fertilizer. The winery itself is organic, made of hemp bricks, untreated wood, hydraulic lime, and earth—not merely carbon neutral but carbon negative and solar powered.  Its three levels are built into a hill, eliminating the need for heating or cooling, and gravity (rather than pumping) is used to move the wine.
Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Duck, Grilled preparations, Ham, Mushrooms, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Wild Game

Color:
Red
Origin:
France, Languedoc-rousillon
Grape Varietal:
Syrah/Shiraz, Grenache/Garnacha
Price:
$18.00 each
  bottle(s)