La Livinière is about 30 miles inland from the Mediterranean, the vines planted in the foothills of the Montagne Noire. Its name means “the place planted with vines,” dating back to Roman times. Château Maris focuses on sustainability not only in the vineyard—they’ve been biodynamically certified since 2004—but also in all the peripheral aspects, too. They were certified as a B-Corp. in 2016, the winery is fully biodegradable, and they’ve made a few trans-Atlantic shipments via sailboat. Overtly earthy, this blend of syrah (70 percent) and grenache reminded one taster of a pot of kidney beans stewing over a fire. Indeed, its red fruit seems of a similar tone, some black-pepper complexity marking the lasting flavors. It eases into a jammy cherry finish, suggesting that a few years in the cellar might reveal other facets of depth.
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