First established in 2003, this singular Maury solera was augmented with small lots each year until 2008, then rested quietly in barrel until bottling in late 2016. 100% Grenache noir, the name ‘Rage du Soleil’ alludes to the heat of Roussillon and the enduring nature of its old vines. Oxidative, yet still primary, this deft wine boasts notes of cherry compote, spice cake and cocoa powder; tobacco leaf, bitter orange and rose pepper. With lightly drying tannins balancing the wine’s inherent richness, expect a continued graceful evolution in the bottle. Enjoy with creamy blue-veined cow’s milk cheeses, with nuts and dark chocolates. Serve slightly chilled or at cellar temperature.
About Mas Peyre
Mas Peyre is a true family affair. After 20 years as a pillar of the local cooperative, the Bourrel family departed and founded the domaine in 2003. Claire manages the business and the shop, while Gerard tends the vineyards; sons Baptiste and César handle the winemaking and marketing, respectively. Based in the village of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, on the western flank of the upper Agly Valley, the Bourrels now farm nearly 37 hectares and celebrated their 10th anniversary by completing conversion to organic viticulture in 2013. Vineyards in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet (black schist and marl) and further west in Prugnares (argile-calcaire) range from 350-400 meters in altitude, balancing warm days with cool nights, preserving the freshness and energy that is a hallmark of their wines. From these, the Bourrels produce a range of vivacious, organic table wines in addition to their Rancio sec and Maury. Full details
About Maury AOPIf Roussillon is currently one of the most exciting and dynamic of all wine regions in France, then Maury is arguably its epicenter, an emerging "grand cru" according to British wine writer Andrew Jefford and others, not unlike Priorat was 30 years ago. Set in the upper reaches of the Agly Valley in Roussillon, Maury is a corridor of windswept schist, marl, gneiss and limestone: a wild, nearly lunar landscape of old-vine vineyards dominated by the relentless Tramontana wind; the Corbières massif; and the ruined Cathar fortress of Quéribus perched above, serving as warning and sentinel. Vineyards are planted up to 450 meters, and warm days are balanced by cool nights, preserving freshness and lift in Maury wine of every type. First recognized in 1936 for its sweet Vin Doux Naturel wines, dry Maury Sec gained its own appellation in 2011. While the latter is responsible for much of the recent excitement regarding the appellation, its emergence has only raised the quality of the fortified wines for which the region is renowned. Based on Grenache noir, Maury can be bottled within the first two years (in the manner of vintage Port) or can undergo prolonged oxidative aging, with some wines left exposed to the elements, developing the noble "rancio" character that is the alpha and the omega of this historic winemaking tradition.
|Oxidative/Oxidized Wine; Fortified