For five generations the Batlle family have been growing grapes in Maury...
Jean Batlle developed his love for grape growing and winemaking while following his father around in the vineyards at a young age. Today, his son Nicolas works with him and is responsible for winemaking. Father and son purchased an old domaine in 1999 and renamed it Mas de Lavail, located at the foothills of the Pyrenees, below the Cathar Château de Quéribus.
The family has seven hectares of vineyards of 40 to 50 year old Grenache Noir for Maury Vin Doux Naturel (VDN) planted at 150-250 metres altitude. The soils are poor, consisting of limestone and grey and brown schist. The poor soils and the age of the vines result in yields as low as 20 hl/ha.
After 1988 and 1998, which were two exceptional years for the Maury Appellation, 2011 was singled out as another very important vintage. Winter was very cold and temperatures only started to rise from April. July was cool and damp but thankfully berries were dried by the Tramontane wind which prevented them from rotting. August was sunnier and warmer and September was also relatively hot, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and steadily.
Once in the winery, the Grenache was fermented with indigenous yeasts in a combination of temperature controlled stainless steel and cement tanks. The fermentation was stopped by the addition of neutral spirit once 9-10% alcohol was reached, resulting in a Vin Doux Naturel of 15% abv and 90g/l of residual sugar. After fermentation, the Maury was left on its skins for another three weeks before being put bottled.
Deep, ruby red in appearance. The wine is generous on the nose with ripe blackberries, dried figs, fine round tannins, fresh acidity and balanced sweetness. It is best served slightly chilled at 12°C and paired with dishes ranging from duck in cherry sauce to blue cheese and chocolate desserts.
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