CHÂTEAU MARIS is a Demeter-certified estate vineyard and winery located in the Minervois La Livinière region of Languedoc, France.

OWNER Robert Eden.

VINEYARDS 32 hectares (79 acres). Production of 15,000 cases of Demeter-certified Biodynamic wine and 12,000 cases of certified organic wine (Source: International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 6-7th May 2018.).

CERTIFICATION 2008 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification.

WINERY The winery is located on the outskirts of the commune of La Livinière. It was built using hemp (straw) bricks which capture carbon dioxide. It has a green roof (‘toit végétal’) covered in vegetation. The conical wooden vats were made by Grenier (in Burgundy) and can be used for both fermentation or storage (with moveable tops). Robert Eden told me in 2016 that he had asked Nomblot to design concrete vats without metal supports and they told him the only way they had found was to use an egg shape.

WHITE WINES

BRAMA 2011 Vin de France. Grenache Gris from La Livinière. 2013 Vin de France. Grenache Gris from La Livinière. Fermented in 500-litre tonneaux and a concrete egg. No MLF. 22hl. Lovely acidity, very youthful at Millésime Bio 2016.

PINK WINES

ROSE DE NYMPHE EMU 2017 Grenache Noir.

RED WINES

CHATEAU MARIS 2015 Chateau Maris, Minervois AOC. Syrah, GN. 100% destemmed. Fermented in concrete. Bright red fruit at Millésime Bio January 2016.

LA TOUGE Robert Eden described La Touge to me (in 2014) as ‘an area of La Livinière on what we call the terraces. The lower part of La Touge comprises a unique layer of schist over alluvial clay and a mix of hard and softer limestone, providing perfect drainage for Syrah.’ 2009 85% Syrah, 15% Grenache Noir. Bright, clear and with good lift at Millésime Bio 2012. 2010 Fermented in concrete tanks and conical oak vats. Part-aged in older barrels. Again good lift at Millésime Bio January 2012. 80,000 bottles. 2012 Minervois-La Livinière AOC. 2014 Syrah with a bit of Grenache Noir. 800hl in total of which 100hl from the bottom part of La Touge was oak aged. 2016 Bright, sappy fruit when tasted at the International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 07 May 2018.

LAS COMBES Grenache Noir. 1950s. Gobelet. 300 metres (feet). In east-facing valleys or coombes in La Livinière, hence ‘combe’. Poor clay-limestone soil with crimson coloured chalky-clay. 2013 Minervois la Livinière AOC. Aged in a mix of conctrete and oak vats. Ripe-tasting Grenache Noir with a twist of warming alcohol at the end (tasted at Millésime Bio January 2016).

LES AMANDIERS 2015 Minervois la Livinière AOC. Old vine Syrah. Plenty of grunt when tasted at the International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 07 May 2018.

LES ANCIENS Formerly called ‘Les Vieilles Vignes’. Made mainly from Carignan (so should not really be labelled as a Minervois La Livinière) whose robust nature accounts for it success here. 2014 Minervois la Livinière AOC. (Carbonic maceration, I think). Very nice and bright at Millésime Bio January 2016. 2015 Minervois la Livinière AOC. Wild, dense when tasted at the International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 07 May 2018.

LES PLANELS Syrah. Terraced vines. 2013 Minervois-La Livinière AOC. 100% Syrah. 10% oak. Bold colour, very sexy, old viney, hot, depth, sex appeal at Millésime Bio January 2016.

PRODUCTION 27,000 cases of which 15,000 certified Biodynamic and 12,000 certified organic (Source: International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 07 May 2018).

CONTACT

Château Maris, Chemin des Parignoles, F-34210 La Livinière (Hérault), France / +33 (0)4.68.91.42.63 / www.chateaumaris.com

BIBLIOGRAPHY

International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 6-7th May 2018.