Powerful Languedoc Red, Sustainably Made
Château Maris winemaker Robert Eden (right) with co-proprietor Kevin Parker.
Since winemaker Robert Eden bought Château Maris in 1996, he’s been progressively converting it to a showplace for sustainable winemaking. The vineyards have been certified organic since 2002, and biodynamic by Demeter since 2008; with the addition of a winery constructed of hemp in 2012 and other energy-saving measures, the estate attained B-Corp certification in 2016. In our June 2020 issue, we recommended a slew of new releases from the estate, including a spectacular new syrah bottling called Dynamic (94 points). If you have the $80 to spend on a bottle, you should definitely check it out. But for pure bang-for-buck, check out the 2017 La Touge. A $20 syrah-based blend, with grenache and carignan, it’s earthy, meaty and layered, the rich, deep fruit flavors supported by firm, felty tannins. It’s a lot of wine for the price, especially considering that you could put a few bottles down in the cellar.
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Château Maris 2017 Minervois La Livinière La Touge (Best Buy)
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