Overview of the Wine
Delicious Terroir-driven Organic and Biodynamic Wine! 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 Syrah and Grenache. Preciously crafted by Robert Eden, Maris offers great value wines made with organic grapes. Robert Eden is a recognized authority on Organic and Biodynamic viticulture, giving lectures on the need to reduce the negative impact on the environment from non-sustainable farming.
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.
Grape / Blend
Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Fresh, focused tropical fruits, honeysuckle, lemon rind, and buttered almonds on the nose. Medium-bodied, racy, and pure on the palate, with a lovely, elegant texture that's lifted by the wines acidity.
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Moving to the Grenache Gris releases, the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Brama Grenache Gris all look to be outstanding, with varying degrees of citrus, mineral, honeycomb and hints of nuttiness to go with medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. These are just another example of how successful this variety can be in this part of the world, and they deserve attention.
“There are organic, sustainable and environmentally minded winemakers, and then there’s Robert Eden. No one in France can compete.” - Wine Enthusiast
“Maris is one of my favorite estates. Incredible values and a great example of high-quality wines.” - Jeb Dunnuck
Product size: 750ml