2018 Chateau Maris Minervois La Liviniere La Touge
2018 Chateau Maris Minervois La Liviniere La Touge A medium bodied red wine made with Syrah and Grenache grapes. This 2018 wine is from a parcel of 20Ha with mixed soil of clay, Limestone and sandstone, in appellation CRU LA LIVINIERE.
In 1999, La Livinière (meaning “place planted with vines”), located in the heart of the Minervois between Toulouse and Montpellier, became the first vineyard to receive recognition in the Languedoc region. Château Maris covers 45 hectares of land, divided into a multitude of plots on the hillside above La Livinière. It received Ecocert certification in 2002, then Biodyvin in 2004 and Demeter in 2008.
The terroir, with a very gentle slope and sun-drenched south-facing orientation, is made up of a mixture of schist, sandstone, quartz, marble and limestone that has been present for more than 50 million years.
The soil, composed of sand, clay and pebbles, forms terraces at altitude, which are ideal for wine growing. Nourished by the Mediterranean sun and with the cool wind from the Pyrenees sweeping across it, the vines enjoy a very special climate. The fig trees, broom, thyme, olive trees, oaks and pines on the land give the wines of Château Maris a unique character.
Red wine has been prevalent since prehistory (the period before written records) as winemaking originated and spread throughout the world. In this case, “red blend” refers to any red wine that contains more than one red grape variety in the final product, though certain red blends can have their own designation as varietal wines despite comprising multiple grapes.
For much of the history of European wine, red blends were in fact more common than single varietals, as winemaking was typically region-centric and featured grapes consolidated from vineyards across a given area. One famous example of this practice is the Bordeaux blend, which originated in the 18th or 19th century and usually comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.