Stories of German roots in Champagne last post by Richard Nielsen, Skyler Ring, Michael Markarian, inderpal singh and Clément Cariot.
This week: Maury AOP
What style of wines come from here? What grapes are used? What kind of dish would you pair with them?
Maury Sec was introduced in 2011 and while still underappreciated has received praise and buzz for its still, dry table reds said to have the potential as a 'grand cru of the south' with some even being compared to Chateauneuf. Mas Amiel leads the charge as producer (I think the story goes the estate was originally won in a card game) and their 'Initial' and 'Vertigo' wines show a fantastic price-to-quality ratio. Chateau Saint-Roch's 'Kerbuccio' ($20!) is another fantastic example and I find they're exceptionally useful as a starting point for guests who lean towards New World wines almost exclusively but are interested in making the trek to Old World styles (also no bank breaking in getting them to take that risk). Parisian Gnocchi with braised game is a personal favorite with the still, dry reds as well as confit duck. VDN styles work well with gorgonzola dolce and wild mushroom bisque with chili oil.