In a nutshell: A rich, dark and spicy French red from the northern Roussillon.
The lowdown: The appellation of Maury in the Roussillon of South West France, just west of Perpignan, has for decades produced some of the best 'vin doux natural' sweet wines in France. Whilst still dry wine has been made there forever it was only in 2011 that they were officially allowed to label it Maury Sec, and while the production is still pretty small these dark and deep reds have gained a reputation as some of the best full-bodied reds in France. A blend of 80% old vine Grenache from the Soleilla vineyard perched high on the black schist steep terraced slopes of the Valleé d'Agly and 20% Carignan from 100 year old vines on the summit of the plateau.
Dark and rich aromas of kirsch, blackberry and plum enhanced with notes of garrigue, rosemary and fennel. Full-bodied on the rounded palate with firm tannins, fresh acidity and notes of cassis and dark chocolate joining those ripe fruit flavours.
When to drink: Perfect with something like a mixed grill or any big red meat dish. Still young so try decanting before serving and will also have capacity to age through this decade.
Born out of a UK importer and distributor Terres Fideles is an eclectic band of wine 'tragics' intent on shaking up the world of French wine. Though their French roots run deep, they're an international bunch with a distinctly creative approach to Gallic wines.
Don't expect anything 'ordinaire' though. They work with growers and vignerons across the country to make good value wines that reflect the diversity of France and the colour and humour that the French bring to things.
Their commitment is reinforced by the current, exciting developments in regions such as the Languedoc - a region perfectly suited to Alliance's stated aims of adding value, championing modern classic producers and going beyond boundaries to source characterful, tasty wines that speak loudly of their sense of place and history.