When we bought the vineyard in 1997 we wanted to make the best wines in the Languedoc while working in harmony with nature - that is without applying pesticides or other chemicals. We looked at natural ways of rejuvenating the soil using compost. First we carried out an experiment. Biodynamic preparations were added to one organic compost pile and another was left alone. After a while we discovered that the biodynamic pile contained far more living organisms and there was no doubt about the right course of action for the vineyard as a whole. Thanks to biodynamic methods, our vines are now healthier and grow longer - and the quality of grapes is better. Chateau Maris is now a 79-acre estate divided into a multitude of small vineyards on the hillside above the village of La Liviniere, the first Cru Classe of the Minervois, in the Languedoc region. We have been certified by Ecocert since 2002, Biodyvin since 2004 and Demeter since 2008.
Wine Advocate 91-93 points - Made from a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, the 2015 Minervois la Liviniere La Touge spent 16 months in a mix of concrete eggs and tank. Its inky purple color is followed by a smoky, meaty, dark fruit driven wine that has full-bodied richness, beautifully integrated acidity, ripe tannin and no hard edges. Fresh, vibrant, yet also concentrated and rich, it was bottled with no fining and a light filtration. This is a smoking Languedoc that anyone interested in the region needs to try..Jeb Dunnuck, April/2017
A blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache grown on hard and soft limestone and alluvial soils. vinification happens in a mix of concrete and conical oak foudre and it is aged for 12 months in 30% new oak and the rest in two and three years barrels. It is fermented with Natural Yeasts, bottled unfined and unfiltered and is thus suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The nose is ripe black fruits (blackcurrants, elderberries) notes alongside more spicy characteristics (pepper, herbs). The palate is very attractive with firm yet silky tannins. Aromatic, spicy with a fabulously generous weight.