Our Wines

Marie Maria was born of an intrinsic, profound and heartfelt desire to forge ahead with the work of revealing the subtleties of the great terroirs of Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, for their red and white wines respectively. Contrary to popular belief, our ambition is to shake off the stereotypes of Madiran’s recent image (high in alcohol, full-bodied, concentrated, powerful) and represent, instead, what seem to us to be our Appellation’s best attributes: firmness, freshness and balance. You only have to look to the past to see that wine connoisseurs from the four corners of the earth have always praised the region’s unique style and, thanks to the efforts of many determined, hard-working men and women, this is not about to change.

Roland Podenas, President and winegrower, speaking on behalf of the winegrowers of Marie Maria.

Our white wines

“Dry” White

Novel

AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh sec. Dry White


Terroir: From the three principal terroirs of the appellation (the stony Nappe de Maucor, clay-limestone, gravelly-clay).


Grape Variety: Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu


Wine: Aromas of tropical and citrus fruit, extremely elegant, fresh and eminently quaffable.


Food/Wine Pairings: Aperitif, white meat, goat’s cheese.


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“Sweet” White

Lutz

AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

Terroir: From the three principal terroirs of the Appellation (the stony Nappe de Maucor, clay-limestone, gravelly-clay).


Grape Variety: Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng


Wine: A superb nose of tropical fruit aromas and truffle notes, a good body, fresh and lively.


Food/Wine Pairings: Smoked salmon, pan-fried foie gras, blue cheese


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"Premium Sweet" White

BONIFICAT "l'hivernal" 2012

AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

Terroir: a selection of parcels from the three principal terroirs of the Appellation (the stony Nappe de Maucor, clay-limestone, gravelly-clay).


Grape Variety: Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng


Wine: A superb nose of candid fruit aromas and white truffle notes, lively, exceptional finish.


Food/Wine Pairings: on its own, premium smoked salmon, pan-fried foie gras, blue cheese...


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Our red wines

Young & Easy-drinking

Novel

AOC MADIRAN

Terroir: From the three principal terroirs of the Appellation (the stony Nappe de Maucor, clay-limestone, gravelly-clay).


Grape Variety: Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon


Wine: Immediately accessible, fruity, easy to drink, supple, elegant, fresh, very moorish.


Food/Wine Pairings: Roast poultry, grilled white meat, rib steak.


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Original Terroir

Veine

AOC MADIRAN

The grapes producing this wine are grown on a terroir that is geologically unique to Madiran, the Nappe de Maucor, and constitutes a stretch of pebbles deposited by running water found in the appellation’s highest altitudes.

Terroir: From one of the three principal terroirs of the appellation (the stony Nappe de Maucor).


Grape Variety: Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon


Wine : Intense aromas of black berry fruits, oaky notes, supple, silky tannins. Worth leaving the wine to breath before drinking.


Food/Wine Pairings: Roast poultry, grilled red meat, duck breast.


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Original Terroir

Grèvière

AOC MADIRAN

The grapes producing this wine are grown on a terroir that is geologically unique to Madiran, ancient gravelly-clay soils which are found mid way up the appellation’s very steep slopes.

Terroir: Parcels planted on one of the three principal terroirs of the Appellation (Gravelly-clay)


Grape Variety: Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon


Wine: Intense and powerful with black berry fruit aromas; tannic and fresh.


Food/Wine Pairings: Game birds, slow-cooked leg of lamb…


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Original Terroir

Still to come in september 2016…

Argilo 2014

AOC MADIRAN

The grapes producing this wine are grown on a terroir that is geologically unique to Madiran, the clay-limestone soils from the pyrenean piemont, which are found on the appellation’s steepest slopes, with West to South-West cool exposure.

Fine Wine

Bonificat 2001

AOC Madiran

Terroir : Clay-limestone


Grape Variety: Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon


Wine: Mellow and supple, the bouquet is all noble leather, cigar-box and undergrowth. A good, long finish.


Food/Wine Pairings: Roast poultry, stews, game birds…


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“ In its early years, Madiran, is a wine with strength and bite and its solid, tannic character allows it to age gracefully without changing temperament. So, in accordance with “loyal and constant” practices, Madiran can only be put on the market after a minimum of one year’s ageing in oak barrels. But for the love of God, hold on to it longer as it will merely grow rounder and more elegant with age without adding a single wrinkle or line.”

Comment made about Madiran wines by a wine merchant from Castelnau-Rivière-Basse, circa 1820.