2011 Maris Brama Grenache Gris$47.95 -- 2011 Maris Brama Grenache Gris
This is in interesting story because it’s very rare to find a block planted with only Grenache Gris. In fact, in the past (and we’re not really sure as to why), Grenache Noir was often planted with a mix of 5 to 10% Grenache Gris. In the Minervois, most of what remains (many of it has been pulled) still goes together in the same fermentation tanks, but we’ve started to pick it separately two to three weeks before the reds with the 2010 vintage. We believe in this varietal and have just planted more this year. The vines for the 2010 “Brama” are between 50 and 70 years old.
“An absolutely fabulous white that’s 100% Grenache Gris from vines averaging between 50-70 years in aged, from a single plot, the 2010 Château Maris Grenache Gris Brama delivers a brilliant array of fresh, focused tropical fruits, honeysuckle, lemon rind, and buttered almonds on the nose. Aged in a combination of new and used oak, this definitely sports a hint of barrique, yet the overall freshness and purity is exceptional, and the wine has more than enough richness and depth to handle it. Medium-bodied, racy, and pure on the palate, with a lovely, elegant texture that’s lifted by the wines acidity, this top-notch white opens up over the evening, so don’t be afraid to give it some air prior to serving. It should continue to shine for 2-3 years, if not quite a bit longer.” – 93 Jeb Dunnuck’s Rhone Report
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