Maury, natural sweet wines
Known for its natural sweet wines from Roussillon, Maury is both one of the oldest wine appellations in Roussillon and the smallest. Cash Tautavel among its four municipalities, it asserts itself as a land inhabited since prehistoric times. Seat of a Roman villa during Antiquity, it is named Amauriola hence its name. Witnesses to the much later medieval period, the towers of the Château de Quéribus dominate the slopes of the vineyard on the horizon. The gray limestone massif on which the building sits announces the border with the Corbières. The clarity of the relief which cuts the valley floor contrasts with the first hillsides carved in the schists. The configuration of this terroir which encloses the narrow bed of the river in a corridor pushes the winds to strengthen. The vines develop there in harsh conditions, swept by the tramontana and bathed in the sun. On this land dominated by red grape varieties, Grenaches are king. Well adapted to the climate, they rub shoulders with Carignan, Syrah and Macabeu. We also raise Maury white from Grenaches gris and blanc, Muscat d'Alexandrie and Muscat à petits grains. The vines, subject to the requirements of the terroir, are small and produce concentrated grapes. The natural sweet wines of Maury, whose profile might remind some Ports, are available like Rivesaltes in versions Garnet, Tile et Amber. The mention the reference " Out of Age »Occurs when the breeding time reaches the 5e year.
Maury, still wines
Having entered the appellation since 2012, the Maury red wines highlight the Grenache noir which is essential in the majority presence in the blends. A second grape variety at least accompanies it, selected from Carignan, Syrah or Mourvèdre or even Lledoner Pelut in small part. Aging of at least 6 months is required. Once bottled, the words " Dry Maury »Is required on the label to distinguish red wines from natural sweet wines produced under the same appellation. Ambassadors of the terroir's solar and mineral power, they reveal a dense color where the aromatic complexes harmonize with the tannic structure.
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