Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020

9. Las Cambes

  • Producer: Château Maris
  • Region: Minervois
  • Country: France
  • Grape variety: Grenache (85%), Carignan (29%)
  • Abv: 14.5%
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • Approx. retail price: £20-30
  • Medal: Gold – Organic Wine Masters 2020

There are two aspects to Château Maris that make it such a fine producer of wines of quality and personality. One is its approach to all aspects of production, which are dictated by the hands-on and environmentally-sensitive requirements of biodynamics. The second relates to its location – the vineyards are found within a great terroir in the Languedoc area of southern France, a crus called Minervois-La-Livinière. While this area is seen as a particularly prized source of Syrah – and Château Maris is an expert with the grape – there is also some wonderful old vine Grenache too. And with Las Cambes, which is a Grenache dominant red blend, you get a chance to sample the many wonderful characters of this grape from established vines on a great site.

So, expect masses of fresh, juicy, ripe crushed strawberry flavours, white pepper, and fine, gently drying tannin, in a warming glass of wine with a relatively light body. In all, it reminds one of a slightly sweeter fuller glass of Pinot Noir, which can only be a good thing.

3 Responses to “Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020”

  1. Thom Fisher says:

    Why is the abv on these wines at 14.5%. Isn’t wine traditionally 11-12%. All wines now seem to have a high abv?

    • The Australian wines are grown in warm dry areas (more suitable to Organic production). 14.5% is about right for these areas. Southern Rhone wines would be similar alc. levels. The important thing is that they are balanced.

  2. Me says:

    I don’t know about the other countries, but Australia has had an obsession with higher ABV wines for as long as I can remember.

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