Maury 1928 Solera, Cask No. 849, Les Vignerons de Maury, Languedoc- Roussillon

Maury 1928 Solera, Cask No. 849, Les Vignerons de Maury, Languedoc- Roussillon

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Maury 1928 Solera, Cask No. 849, Les Vignerons de Maury, Languedoc- Roussillon

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Vin Doux Naturel, from the likes of Maury and Rivesaltes, remain massively undervalued. This wine is drawn from cask 849 from this producer's remarkably old solera, a barrel singled out for its complexity and balance. Coff ee, orange peel and notes of hazelnuts dominate the palate, along with avours of salted caramel and ginger. It has an attractive volatile lift on the nish with a silky and generous sweetness that is balanced by refreshing acidity. 
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Les Vignerons de Maury

Les Vignerons de Maury

Since 1928, the solera in question has been regularly refreshed with the wine of both red and white Grenache grapes, which tend to be picked only after they’ve shriveled beneath Maury’s unforgiving sun.

Solera is a neat term for the many vessels found in the sweltering eaves of the co-operative’s premises.

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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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