Blend: Grenache Noir
From: Pays d’Oc, France
Taste: A subtle and balanced wine, elegant and delicious, floral and fruity, with a fresh and round mouthfeel. A simple, enjoyable wine, to be drunk cool. Lovely minerality and roundness, balancing notes of raspberry and orange. Boasts a slightly peachy-pink hue but real rosé flavors. Peach, strawberry and citrus.
Pairing: Grenache is best when paired with aromatic spices and nightshades (tomato, red pepper, eggplant - check out the recipe below). Look to Morocco, the Middle East and India for cuisine inspiration.
Heirloom Tomato Tart
By Vallery Lomas
About. Chateau Maris is the vision of Englishman Robert Eden, who emigrated to France over 20 years ago to pursue his dream of crafting wines that reflect, rather than mask the land on which the grapes are grown. Robert's approach to winemaking is based on the fundamental premise that wine is "grown", not “made".
To craft wines that reveal the true character of the land, Chateau Maris strictly adheres to biodynamics, which is in effect a supercharged system of organic farming. Similar to organic farming, biodynamics adopts a holistic approach that views the entire vineyard as a living system that is impacted by its surroundings. Biodynamics seeks to encourage vitality in the vineyard by introducing live matter into the soil through intensive composting. In addition, biodynamics places a strong emphasis on harnessing naturally occurring cycles.
The entire estate is certified Organic as well as certified Biodynamic, using homeopathic preparations instead of chemicals on its land. The cellar itself is the only building in existence constructed entirely with hemp blocks and contains no paint, no plastic, no chemicals. Thanks to the geothermal properties of hemp, the cellar has no heating nor cooling system, making the project not only energy self-sufficient but making the project one of the few carbon-negative constructions in the world.
What the critics say…
"Maris is produced on the foothills of the Black Mountains near Carcassonne, where the Mediterranean Sea, France, Spain and the Pyrenees mountain range come together. Its limestone terraces facing the Aude river valley are perfectly suited for growing world class Syrah and Grenache. Preciously crafted by Robert Eden, Maris offers great value wines made with organic grapes."
"Perhaps the world’s greenest wine project, Château Maris is located in the heart of the Languedoc, where the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountains come together. 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.
“There are organic, sustainable and environmentally minded winemakers, and then there’s Chateau Maris. No one in France can compete.” - Wine Enthusiast
“Top four wineries in the world confronting climate change head on. » “The Biodynamic Apostles of the Languedoc.” - Wine Spectator
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