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Chateau Maris Les Anciens Carignan 2015

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750ML / 0% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Les Anciens comes from our oldest (90 years), goblet-trained Carignan vines. The vineyard sites for this wine are formed on clay, limestone and sandstone, in appellation Cru La Liviniere. Aromas of black currants, assorted herbs and sweet tobacco, earth, and toasted spices.

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Blueberry, blackberry, licorice and roasted herbs all come soaring from the glass of the 2015 Minervois la Livinière les Anciens. Made from a blend of Carignan and Grenache (from clay and sandstone parcels), its inky purple/blue tinged color is followed by a huge nose of black currants, violets, spring flowers and bay leaf. Rich, full-bodied, unctuous and yet still lively and fresh, with plenty of acidity, this smokin’ good effort should drink nicely for 7-8 years, possibly longer.
Range: 92-94
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Chateau Maris

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Chateau Maris, France
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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.

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Minervois La Liviniere

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Granted its own appellation within Minervois in the Languedoc region of France, Minervois-La Livinière takes its name from ‘cella vinaria,’ Latin for ‘wine cellar.’ In the hilly northern end of Minervois, the altitude and dense, rocky limestone soils of La Liviniere produce quality red Rhône Blends made from Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan.

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Carignan

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Responsible for some of the most stunning old vine red wine on the planet, Carignan has an amazing capacity to survive dry, arid climates and still produce lovely, mouthwatering wine. In Spain it goes by the name of Mazuelo and while it may have originated there in the province of Aragón (with Grenache), its popularity lies elsewhere. It spread across countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, becoming ubiquitous throughout the south of France. Today it flourishes as a blending grape in the Languedoc-Roussillon and also growns in Sardinia, mainland Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, Croatia and Northern Africa. Likewise, producers in the New World—namely California and Chile—bottle excellent single-varietal Carignan wines.

In the Glass

This is a medium-bodied wine with dried cranberry and raspberry fruit. It can take on an attractive savory quality with alluring notes of baking spice, black tea, black licorice or earth.

Perfect Pairings

Try Carignan with seared ahi, roasted turkey or duck, lamb gyros or chops, aged Gouda or Manchego and cured meats.

Sommelier Secret

Historically Carignan did not enjoy the respect that it does today. In the mid 20th century, Carignan covered nearly 140,000 ha in Algeria, where it was made into low quality bulk and blending wine to supply mass-market demand.

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