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view of  the valley of the agly
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Dominated by Queribus castle (a former Cathar citadel) the vineyards of Maury are protected to the north by the Corbières chain and to the South by the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is a natural corridor 17 km long and 4 km wide with Bugarach in the background (known the world over as the last refuge in the forecasted apocalypse).

Composed of non metaphoric black schist, this soil which is so poor is, in a certain way, our whole richness. It gives Maury its specific character, the yield being naturally limited to 3 glasses per bush (25 hl/ha). The soil however is not the only factor to intervene in the typicality of our wines :

  • Little rainfall 650-700 mm a year.
  • The tramontane, a wind from the north which can blow very strongly and for several days, is a precious natural antiseptic which dries and strengthens the grapes.
  • The sun, 260 days a year , very strong from June to September nourishes our Grenaches noirs, Syrahs and Muscats.These are pruned “en gobelet” and are marvellously suited to the elaboration of  both V.D.N. and dry wines.

This soil so complex and bare, this selective climate and very restrictive specifications have, of course, been decisive in obtaining the new appellation MAURY SEC. But it could also be, a result of this mysterious energy and unparalleled light which emanates from our land and gives this unique aspect to our wines.

So, you will have understood : on this terroir barely mecanised, where the grape harvest is done manually and where irrigation is impossible man has become intergrated into nature which does not allow itself to be dominated.