Maury Sec, Mas de la Deveze, Roussillon, France 2013

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Maury Sec, Mas de la Deveze, Roussillon, France 2013

17.95

When Keats wrote “O for a beaker of the warm South” in his poem ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, he must have been yearning for a glass of something like this. It captures all the rich and succulent ripeness characteristic of the south of France and adds some warming spices for good measure. It is a beautiful, bold, delicious Mediterranean red, full of satisfyingly plush fruit, suggestive of dark plums, mulberries and blackcurrants, tempered by chocolate covered raisins, mocha and vanilla. A wine as full-bodied as this might struggle to rise to its feet if it didn’t have a lively personality and the juicy blackberry acidity is the lifeblood that gives it its joie de vivre. Made predominantly from Grenache Noir with one third Syrah and dash of Mourvedre, it was aged for 18 months in barriques to soften its wild intensity and it’s already a decadent pleasure to drink now, but will age for a decade if not more. If comparing it to its natural competitor, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I would comfortably drop it in the £25-£35 price bracket, it’s easily that good, so it really is a snip at £16.95. 14.8% alc. Drink now-2026.

 

Press Reviews

Decanter: "Very darkly coloured, with lifted scents of pounded rock, round coffee and wild mint. On the palate, this is chewy, deep, concentrated, tapering away towards herbal bitterness at the end, but with intensely fruit-saturated acidity (dry cherry and dry plum). A wine of magnificent architecture." 92 points

The Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Maury Sec is a terrific value, although there’s less than 300 cases to go around. Made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre that was raised in a mix of larger oak barrels and demi-muids, it has a pretty, slightly modern feel to its cassis, blackberry, peppery and sweet oak bouquet. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure Maury Sec that has enough tannin and density to keep through 2023."

 

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