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Maury

Maury is an appellation for the sweet vins doux naturels produced around the northern Roussillon town of Maury, in the far south of France. This area also makes characterful dry red and white wines under the title IGP Côtes Catalanes.

Maury's vins doux naturels are produced predominantly from the Grenache grape varieties (Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris). They are made in a very similar style to the sweet wines of Banyuls, 35 miles (57km) to the south-east, which also use Grenache. The wines come in red, rosé and white variants, with the colour resulting from the exacting winemaking techniques that are employed. In their youth, these wines are tannic and intensely fruity, but they become more savoury and deeply coloured as they age.

The terrain around Maury is dominated by steep limestone cliffs, which mark the beginning of the Pyrenees foothills. High above the town of Maury itself sit the ruins of the 1,000-year-old castle of Queribus, a towering landmark which until 1659 was used to defend the French border against the Spanish. It remains today a potent symbol of the local cultures, which are still split between those of France and Spain.

Production of Maury wines is dominated by a small number of co-operatives and a few smaller, independent producers.
  • Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 2015
    £20.30

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 2015

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury has a warm and figgy nose, with a suggestion of creamy nuttiness. A mellow sweetness that is fruity rather than su...

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    £20.30
  • Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 1998
    £35.50

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 2001

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 2001 is a deep, dark garnet colour with just a suggestion of terracotta. On the nose are aromas of ultra ripe blac...

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    £35.50
  • Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 1965
    £163.90

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 1965

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy

    Domaine De La Coume Du Roy Maury 1965 has a deep brick hue, slightly orange/red, and sturdy legs ring the glass. Beautiful rancio (oxidised, nutty)...

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    £163.90
  • Cotes Catalanes Rouge - Domaine Fontanel 2018
    £13.55

    Cotes Catalanes Rouge - Domaine Fontanel 2018

    Domaine Fontanel

    This great little wine from the Pyranean foothills is made from the young Syrah and Grenache vines of Domaine Fontanel but with the exceptional car...

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    £13.55
  • Maury Grenat - Domaine Fontanel  2017
    £22.75

    Maury Grenat - Domaine Fontanel 2017

    Domaine Fontanel

    A superb red dessert wine made from Grenache Noir of around 60 years of age. It is a Vin Doux Naturel, that is to say a naturally sweet wine that w...

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    £22.75