Fidèle 'Soleilla' Maury Sec AOP 2020
Languedoc, Southern France
Producer: Terre Fidèles
The Soleilla vineyard is perched high in the dramatic hills and terraces above the Vallée d’Agly with a unique character of its own. The famed black schist is interspersed with pockets of limestone from the higher slopes, combining the richness and power that is typical of Maury with a fresher, more finely defined character.
Our debut 2019 Maury Sec, crafted by Fergal Tynan MW, is a blend of 80% old vine Grenache from the hillside Soleilla vineyard and 20% of century old Carignan from the summit of the plateau. Both sites are tended by our friend and grower Julien Montagne.
Only 2660 bottles were produced in branded, single layer 6 x bottle flat cartons.
Heady and opulent but somehow fresh and refined. Ying and yang, darkness and light, power and grace. A very special site and a very special wine.
Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans
Press & Awards for 2019:
94 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
‘80% old vine Grenache from the hillside Soleilla vineyard and 20% of century old Carignan from the Vallée d’Agly.
Intense and powerful wine, though it manages to stay pretty light on its feet. Dark berries, scrub herb and lavender perfume, meaty and slightly malty. Plenty of flavour, distinct regional herb mouth-perfume, dark raspberries and a ‘mineral’ feel, especially pleasant crushed stone tannin, bitter almond and a long clean finish packed with tannin and bucolic fragrance.
Excellent wine. Personality plus.’
92 points - The Real Review (Stuart Knox)
'Medium to deep ruby-red hue. Dark cherry, boudin noir and garrigue aromatics. The palate sits quite deep and rich, jammy fruits nestle amongst dried herbs and lavender complexities. A stony line of tannins tightens and focuses the very long finish. It handles the high alcohol remarkably well.'
91 points - Joe Czerwinsi, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
'An unoaked 80-20 blend of Grenache and Carignan, the 2019 Maury Sec Soleilla features scents of crushed stone, red raspberries, slightly darker, more purple fruit and also nuanced garrigue elements. It's medium to full-bodied, silky, concentrated and long. A fine effort.'
Grape Variety: 80% Grenache, 20% Carignan