2015 Château Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec SKU #1323396

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JD 94 RP 92-94
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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    12/12/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Maury is the deep dark flip side to Spain's Priorat. The regions are part of what used to be (any may one day be again) Catalon. They sit on opposite sides of the Pyranees (Priorat in Spain, Maury in France) with a shared cultural heritage which is where the joint characteristics begin. Each region sits on the desirable black-brown slate/schist soils which make the terroir special, both revere the grapes Grenache and Syrah and both regions produce deeply concentrated wines of power and depth. The big distinction though is many of the Priorat wines have reached price points higher than the elevations of their vineyards. Not so much in Maury though. Longer known more for dessert wine production, Maury is still establishing its footing with regards to pricing which has kept costs depressed. That's to our benefit as consumers though because we get so many incredible dry wines for less than $30. Now, throw Jean-Marc Lafage into the mix, who has established himself as one of the great value producers in the whole south of France and you have one of the most exceptional Catalonian buys this year. The Saint Roch property really allows Mr. Lafage the freedom to let his vineyards fully express themselves. The "Kerbuccio" is supple, rich and full of blackberry, currants and fig flavors. The palate is sweet with fruit but has underlying slate notes and structure. There is also an intriguing garrigue (coastal herbs surrounding the vineyards) note that really adds that next layer of depth which makes me think of one other great region - Priorat. You would pay 2-3 times this much for a wine from the Spanish side at this quality (and with this kind of review). This has as much to offer in terms of flavor, style and longevity but at a price that doesn't quite feel so hard on the pocket book.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    12/1/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Saint Roch have become a dependable, affordable go-to wines here at K&L. Never short on fruit, power, and concentration. However this is no simple fruit bomb. Coming from 50+ year old, organically farmed vines, this wine has good structure and minerality to underpin its bold black and blue fruit. Aged in mostly neutral large oak and concrete so there is very little barrel influence to be tasted here and it's not missed one bit. The wine has good purity and depth and is a faithful expression of what this lesser known corner of the wine world can produce at razor sharp prices.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    12/1/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    In the Languedoc-Roussillon there is a sub-region called Maury Sec-Remember this name. This is the "hot" region where the best wines are currently hailing from. The quality of wines coming out of the Maury Sec for the cost is mind-blowing and a great example is the 2015 Chateau Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan this tastes like a fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Loaded with spice, mineral and gorgeous berry fruit notes this is a wine that punches way above its weight. I think I have just found my new house red wine!
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    12/1/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    We absolutely love the wines of Jean-Marc Lafage around here. You may know him from wines like the Bastide Miraflors, Narassa, and Albion--customer favorites that are always incredible values. The 2015 shows a darker side of Lafage. Tons of smoke, brambles and dark purple fruit on the nose, the wine showcases depth and power, but with remarkably sustained acidity. Just a hint of sweetness, melted tannins and a little bit of spice round out the palate, but overall the wine is lifted and beautiful.This another killer wine from southwest France anyone with a taste for power reds and exceptional value.

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