Nicolas Carmarans Maximus 2018

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Aveyron, South West France
Fer Servadou
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites

We were going to pen our own copy for this one, but why bother when you have these vividly descriptive words from Doug Wregg:

"Maximus is natural minimalism in a glass. Scarcely venturing above 11% it nevertheless sports brilliant purple raiment and positively billows with berry fruit. There is the usual graphite/slate-y undertow and yeasty seasoning, but, like so many of Nico’s wines it is a lip smacker. After destemming, the grapes are fermented in a tank. Delightful red fruit flavours abound amidst the sturdiness of the wine; raspberries and cherries on top of a layer of cool stones and pungent medicinality. It has a sanguine quality that gets the pulses racing; it is good will amplified in a glass; it is the earth, water, grass and stones churned into a ruby-hued liquid; Keats’s beaker of the warm-with-a-mitigating-cool-microclimate-south! I can almost feel the cholesterol dissolving now. A word of advice though, in the vernacular parlance, don’t mull it, skull it!"

We couldn't have said it better.