2018-C Chateau Maris Minervois Savoir Vieillir, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (750ml)
A Red Cellar Trio Wine Club Selection
100% dry-farmed Syrah grapes were sourced from a single vineyard, “Les Planels” La Livinière. The fruit was hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented for 8 days in concrete and wood open-top foudres. The wine benefitted from an extended maceration with pump-over for 4 weeks, before being basket-pressed. The finished wine saw no aging and was stabilized and filtered before immediate bottling with no added sulfites. The color is deep purple. The nose is delicate with aromas of black fruit and a touch of earthiness. The palate is beautifully concentrated and earthy, with flavors of blackberry, cassis and a hint of garrigue. The finish is lush, languid, with a wonderful spice note.
Perhaps the world’s greenest wine project, Château Maris is located within the of AOP Minervois La Livinière in the heart of the Languedoc, where the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountains come together. Château Maris is a Demeter Certiﬁed, biodynamic 120-acre estate that uses only native yeast, bottles without ﬁning nor ﬁltering, ploughs with Percheron horses, and that has built the world’s ﬁrst and only Hemp cellar: a sustainable, recyclable, vegetable-based building that passively consumes and stores CO2. Maris is also the ﬁrst and only B Corp Certiﬁed European winery, one of the most rigorous sustainability and social responsibility certiﬁcations in the world. The winery tells us that Savoir Vieillir (aging wisely or gracefully) was born of the desire to “offer the best that the earth can produce when it is listened to, respected, and worked intelligently.” This relative wisdom consists of taking time—the time to do things well. Savoir Vieillir is ﬁrst of all a nod to Cicero and his treatise on old age, a text from Antiquity, so modern in truth. It is also an antidote to the “vanity of urgency and inconsistency of things.”