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    Chateau Maris Biodynamic Old Vine Syrah 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz - Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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    • RP93
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Green Wines

    Alcohol By Volume: 15%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 107640

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A wine of exceptional purity, extreme black fruit ripeness, and a velvety texture emerges, girded by ultra-fine tannins and enlivened by springs of fresh berry juiciness as singular in the context of wine this ripe as is the spring that apparently literally lies beneath this vineyard. This long-finishing beauty that deserves to be entered in a World Syrah contest.

    About the Vineyards
    The Chateau Maris estate is located on 210 acres in the Minervois La Livinière appellation of the Languedoc. La Livinière is the first village in the Languedoc to be allowed to put its name after the appellation name, indicating that this specific area produces wines of distinct quality.
    Chateau Maris vines are certified biodynamic by Biodyvin and organic by Ecocert. Vineyard management practices on the estate focus on increasing soil fertility and health by introducing live matter via compost and companion planting. Two plough horses are kept on the property to avoid damage to vineyards caused by heavy tractors.

    The Chateau Maris vineyards sprawl across a series of hillsides and terraces, with the terraces devoted primarily to Syrah and the hillsides devoted primarily to Grenache. The Syrah is concentrated on the terraces due to better drainage conditions, which the Syrah specifically requires. All the vineyards are surrounded by a rich Garrigue, scrubland similar to Chaparral of the American Southwest, which imbues the grapes with their distinct flavors and bouquets.

    Critical Acclaim:

    From tank, a reductive hint of cassis leaf needed to be shaken off of the Maris 2007 Syrah Old Vine, a bottling based on the estate's best block, surrounded by garrigue on a deep clay hillside near La Liviniere. A wine of exceptional purity, extreme black fruit ripeness, and a velvety texture emerges, girded by ultra-fine tannins and enlivened by springs of fresh berry juiciness as singular in the context of wine this ripe as is the spring that apparently literally lies beneath this vineyard. A small proportion of this cuvee is kept in tank to preserve freshness, but the harmony of oak (un-toasted at this address) and fruit is also perfectly judged, i.e. the former is scarcely noticeable as such. Cardamom, ginger, black pepper, pencil lead, and sweet floral suggestions add to the complex allure of this long-finishing beauty that deserves to be entered in a World Syrah contest. Interestingly, a single small lot of super-ripe, creamy, super-concentrated Syrah that Eden and Darnault were toying with bottling separately precisely as a sort of trophy wine left me disappointed on account of its finishing heat and faint drying.
    Barrel Sample: 92-93 Points

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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    flosseye (3/23/2013)
    Beautiful all the way around, even the price. Highly recommend.
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