In The Rhone Report, Jeb Dunnuck says of the 2009 La Togue: "... a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache, all from limestone and alluvial soils, that was aged for 12 months in 30% new oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It displayes excellent Syrah character with spicy dark fruits, loads of meaty qualities, ground pepper, wild herbs and hints of olive to go with a medium + bodied, rich palate feel. This has soild underlying acidity, as well as quality tannin on the finish, all suggesting it will evolve gracefully for 3 - 5 years."
Jeb Dunnuck's Rhone Report has been raving about the 2009 Continuite de Nature: "A blend of 90% Carignan and 10% Grenache that was harvested in early October and aged for 18 months in oak vats, the 2009 Château Maris Carignan Continuité de Nature is a beauty!Loaded with aromas of black currants, sweet tobacco and assorted herbs, earth, toasted spices, and a saline like minerality, this outstanding wine is medium to full-bodied and beautifully proportioned, with layers of fruit, a classy, elegant texture, and solid length on the finish. As with the Grenache, this benefits from a short decant and will shine for 4-6 years easily, although it's hard to resist now!"
Jeb Dunnuck describes our Grenache Gris 'Brama' in The Rhone Report: "An absolutely fabulous white that’s 100% Grenache Gris from vines averaging between 50-70 years in aged, from a single plot, the 2010 Château Maris Grenache Gris Brama delivers a brilliant array of fresh, focused tropical fruits, honeysuckle, lemon rind, and buttered almonds on the nose. Aged in a combination of new and used oak, this definitely sports a hint of barrique, yet the overall freshness and purity is exceptional, and the wine has more than enough richness and depth to handle it. Medium-bodied, racy, and pure on the palate, with a lovely, elegant texture that’s lifted by the wines acidity, this top-notch white opens up over the evening, so don’t be afraid to give it some air prior to serving. It should continue to shine for 2-3 years, if not quite a bit longer."
He awarded it 93 Points!
On August 31, 2012, Wine Spectator awarded Les Planels 2009, 90 Parker Points, saying "a brooding, powerful red, with dense flavours of dark chocolate, dried raspberry and spice that are supoprted by plenty of tannins. Features smoke and spice on the long, rich finish. Best from 2014 through 2018."
In Jeb Dunnuck's The Rhone Report, he awarded Les Planels 2009 with 92 points, saying "Les Planels is 100% Syrah, from the estate’s top plots, that was aged for 12 months in oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Formerly known as their Old Vine Syrah, it exhibits terrific aromatics of crème de cassis, raspberry liqueur, smoked beef, spice-cabinet and hints of bacon fat that carry into a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned and balanced Syrah. This too needs an hour of air to shine, has fantastic richness, and a juicy, lively finish and overall feel that keeps you coming back for more. It will drink well for upwards of 5-8 years, possibly even longer."
AOC Minervoins La Liviniere Les Amandiers 2009 is awarded 93 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2012
Chateau Maris Nouvelle Fraiche Grenache 2008 - Gold Medal Signature Bio - 5/6/2011
Signature Bio is the largest organic wine competition in the world held in France by AIVB
There are still some stocks left of this delicious fruit loving smooth Grenache. Please contact us for details.
Gold Medal Distinction at The Concours des Grands Vins de Languedoc Roussillon
Chateau Maris Continuité de Nature Carignan 2008
A delicious old vine Carignan of great distinction and noblesse. Seductive, fresh, with great juicy black-currants and cassis