Let’s Put Maury wine on the international wine map!
Maury which is a small winemaking commune located in the Pyrénées-Orientales region and Languedoc-Roussillon region, in-between south-western France and Northern Spain. The region is better known for its sweet wines (Vin doux Naturel) but there are a handful of sustainable farming winemakers that are producing amazing Reds (Grenache Noir), Whites (Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Macabeu), and Rosé (Grenache Noir, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, and Grenache Gris), the commune of Maury was granted it’s AOC back in early 1936.
The climate of Languedoc-Roussillon is warm, dry and really very Mediterranean influenced. Maury’s location, which is northwest of Perpignan, in the remote hills of the Agly valley, does temper some of the Mediterranean influence, bringing a slightly cooler influence to the valley. Similar to the Mistral influence in the Rhône, the dry northward wind (Tramontane) serves to cool the grapes but is much more gentle and less frequent than the powerful Mistral that can damage the vines. In the shadow of the remains of the Cathar stronghold Château de Quéribus, the soils of Maury are a mix of schist and slate.
The winemaker with whom we had the joys of staying with Res Fortes produce award-winning Red, White and a Rosé, these wines are produced on 11 Ha of land spread out around the region, all within a mile of where the wines are crushed, blended and bottled. The white, red, and rosé wines have all received multiple awards in the US, UK + the much-acclaimed San Francisco international wine challenge.
This below is Moritz, owner and all things wine at Res Fortes. Around the vicinity Maury, he has some fantastic and well-established vines (these below are Syrah) – some of which have been growing for over a hundred years. The combination of these long-established vines, the mineral-rich schist terrain, and perfect weather means that exceptional fruit is produced consistently year-on-year.
The Res Fortes wines are all farmed sustainably practised Organic farming techniques are also used, but due to being an early riser they are not yet certified Organic – it’s an insanely expensive and time-consuming process.