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There is no school like old-school: the wines of Chateau Maris


Robert Eden took over Chateau Maris in 1996.  With his business partner Kevin Parker, they set about restoring the tired vineyards using biodynamic principles.  The estate now has 79 acres of vines that are certified by Demeter, Biodyvins, and Ecocert.  In keeping with these principles the fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts, the wines are not corrected, and they are bottled unfined and unfiltered.  The 2012 Chateau Marvis, Old School Rouge, Minervois is specifically produced to preserve the freshness of the fruit.   Our particular bottle drank great over two nights with textured fruit, minerals, and rustic structure.  There are few wines that have both personality and potential for development at $12 per bottle.  This is one of those few so be sure to purchase it by the case!  The 2012 Chateau Maris, Continuite de Nature, Minervois La Liviniere is notable not only for the use of a vineyard planted in 1922 but the vineyard’s location in the Minervois cru of La Liviniere.  I did not know this cru even existed!  In moving from young Syrah to old Carignan the wine offers up ripe, fresh fruit without any seams at all.  I must admit I fell for the seductive quality of the wine and did not give it proper time to open up.  In order to better gauge this wine I would give it a proper decant or wait until the new year.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Chateau Maris, Old School Rouge, Minervois – $12
Imported by Verity Wine Partners.  This wine is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache sourced from 20 year old vines planted at 850 feet of elevation.  The fruit was fermented in concrete vats using indigenous yeasts and underwent malolactic fermentation.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There were controlled ripe and textured black fruit flavors before the wine took on a mineral hint.  The wine was balanced by acidity with some roast notes and a drier finish.  There is generally a lot of flavor in the mouth with a good aftertaste.  With air this subtly rustic wine shows structure for short-term aging, some glycerin and density.   **(*) Now-2018.

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2012 Chateau Maris, Continuite de Nature, Minervois La Liviniere – $27
Imported by Verity Wine Partners.  This wine is a blend of 90% Carignan and 10% Grenache sourced from vines planted in 1922 at 1200 feet of elevation.  The fruit was fermented in canonical wooden tanks using indigenous yeasts, underwent malolactic fermentation, then was aged for 12 months in 10% new French oak barrels.  Alcohol 15%. There were ripe, fresh and sweet (not from residual sugar) fruit flavors that mixed with cinnamon baking spices and some roast in the finish. The flavors have good energy.  The structure is there but it is very approachable now, almost seductive, and should be drunk sooner than later.  ***/***(*) 2015 – 2020.

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