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Maury, a unique terroir
La foun del Bosc below he Castle of Queribus
Agrandir l'imageLa foun del Bosc below he Castle of Queribus
Our very old vines of la Devèze
Agrandir l'imageOur very old vines of la Devèze
Almond trees of Saint Paul de Fenouillet
Agrandir l'imageAlmond trees of Saint Paul de Fenouillet

Maury, in the shade of Quéribus


The vineyard stretches along the Pyrenean piedmont and on the buttress relics of the Cathar castle of Queribus.

The Maury is a natural sweet wine from the village of Maury, North-West from Perpignan in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The Maury is tannic and manly. We obtain it by adding pure alcohol during the fermentation. These wines keep a large part of its natural sugar. The production yield is always small.

The wines from Maury come from a little vineyard of 17 km long and 3 km wide. Sheltered on the north part by the Catalan Corbières mountains and south by the buttress of the Pyrenees.

Relics of farms occupied by the templars first and then by the knights of the Order of St George show the interest aroused by this specific “terroir” for the vine cultivation.

During the French Revolution, this region got dispensation for the vine growing. The first land registry dates from 1820 in the village of Maury.


The Maury is part of part of these high quality natural sweet wines which find their origins in the 13th Century. In 1299, Arnaud de Villeneuve, doctor at the court of the Aragon King, professor in the University of Medicine of Montpellier and alchemist, already knew the wine distillation process discovered by the Arabs to produce alcohol. This “esprit de vin” mixed with fermenting rape, stopped the fermentation and stabilised the wine containing the remaining sugar. The result is a natural sweet wine.


Maury is a “terroir” for natural sweet wines whose specificity has been known by the French government since 1872 when they conceded a particular status due to its production restraints. Maury became an “Appellation d’Origine Controlée “ (“controlled term of origin”) in August 1936.


Only four grape varieties are allowed for this AOC, black Grenache (100%) for the red Maury , Grey Grenache or White Grenache and Macabeu for the white Maury. These grape varieties are cultivated on 4 towns: Maury, Tautavel , St Paul de Fenouillet et Rasiguères.

 








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