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Maxime Magnon Corbieres Rouge La Demarrante 2020

Red Wine from Languedoc & Roussillon, France
$31.99

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50% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 20% Syrah from 50-60 year old vines on limestone and schist. Aged in tanks and foudre (larger barrels), this is the freshest, drink me now of Maxime’s wines. But don’t be fooled, it still has tons of savory, spicy complexity!
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The traditional heart of wine country in Languedoc is quite boring: flat, fertile vineyards producing oceans of supermarket plonk. But Languedoc is large, and it contains many secret nooks and crannies.

Leave the big vineyards behind and drive towards the border with Spain. The terrain is arid and dry, and rocky outcrops surge out of nowhere, like in a classic Western. The outcrops get bigger and taller as you approach the foothills of the Pyrenées. The air cools as the altitude rises.

Pull off the road in just the right place and you will find, scattered here and there, rows of ancient vines, mostly Carignan. You will wonder how those vines manage to grow. There is no soil on the ground, just loose rocks sitting on a hard surface of schist and limestone.

You are in the Hautes Corbières, the cranny that Maxime Magnon discovered in 2002 when he drove down from Burgundy. The vines were then abandoned, and it became his life's work to nurse them back to life, to make from them wines that evoke the exoticism of the surrounding landscape. Since the beginning, he has done so using fully natural methods, both among the vines and in the winery.

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Blend: Field blend of 95% Carignan; also Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Gris, Macabou, Terret
Appellation: Corbières
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Maxime Magnon
Vineyard: Over 100 years old
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Carignan , Cinsault , Grenache , Red Blend

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Earthy , Herbaceous , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied

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