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To all Wine Exchangers,
The area around the town of Maury, in the south of France, has multiple sites with old vines planted in the local black schist soils (not unlike the llicorella soils in Priorat to the south).  Chateau St. Roch is located near Maury, where superstar vintner/consultant Jean-Marc Lafage grew up and first tended vines.  So, when a property there came up for sale, he was quick to snap it up.  Jean-Marc makes four different wines from this estate, all dry reds in an area previously known for dessert wines.  

Jean-Marc sources the fruit for Kerbuccio, a wine named in honor of Quéribus, the ancient Cathar stronghold that overlooks the Agly valley, from the warmest sites in these black schist soils.  The extreme conditions here limit the yields to just under 20 hl/ha, the natural stress yielding wines of tremendous richness and minerality. 
 
As expected, the combination of the brilliant 2016 harvest, the old vines, the schist soils and Jean-Marc have given us a wine that works so far above its price point its nearly laughable.
 
The recipe here is the same as before, there’s plenty of weight, stuffing, and layered fruit here in this 75% Grenache/20% Carignan/5% Mourvedre blend from 60+ year-old vines, but the wine never leans to excess.  The juice was raised 6-9 months, half in concrete and half in 500L French oak demi-muids (50% new), the results, magique!  
This year it was too good even for Britain’s famed Decanter Magazine to ignore.  Not ones to toss a billion points at every bottle that crosses their path, the 2016 St. Roch Maury Kerbuccio landed an unheard-of-at-this-price-point 96-point score for their 2016.
 
Decanter wrote, “Lovely kirsch nose with bags of ripe and authentic Maury fruit. The palate is round, fleshy and warm with a delicious richness of oak, vanilla flavour and intense and complex finish. Lovely wine that's beautifully balanced with great typicity. Full-bodied and very polished. 96 points.”
 
From Jeb Dunnuck, Another great vintage for the cuvée, the 2016 Maury Sec Kerbuccio (75% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 5% Mourvèdre) is loaded with character and reveals a deep purple color as well as notes of black and blue fruits, new saddle leather, exotic herbs, and tobacco. Charming, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and seamless on the palate, you can’t go wrong with this wine...93 points!”
 
Finally, from Wine Advocate’s Joe Czerwinski, “The 2016 Kerbuccio is a super ripe, full-bodied explosion of black cherries, richly spiced and textured, with a near-endless, velvety finish...”
 
And it’s still only $19.98 a bottle?  Sign me up!
Saint Roch Maury Sec Kerbuccio 2016
96 Points! Lovely kirsch nose with bags of ripe and authentic Maury fruit. The palate is round, fleshy and warm with a delicious richness of oak, vanilla flavour and intense and complex finish. Lovely wine that's beautifully balanced with great typicity. Full-bodied and very polished. - Decanter Magazine
ONLY $19.98
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