Marie Maria lies on the former land of Benedictine monks, who began farming it for wine as early as the 11th century. Even after a thousand years of winegrowing, Vignobles Marie Maria is still dedicated to classic terroir-driven styles made from the region’s native Tannat grape. Yet under the direction of president and winegrower Roland Podenas, they also aim to vinify fresh and balanced wines that bring new eyes and palates to the nearly unknown Madiran region. Vignobles Marie Maria was formed in 1950 as the Crouseilles Wine Cooperative, which still grows grapes for the winery.
The 2018 vintage is 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Cab being used to polish the wine. It is full-bodied and grippy, with rich blackberry and blueberry that complement hints of cherry, red currant, and vanilla. Smoke and spices lead into a long, leathery finish that will soften with age.
“The smooth, rich and smoky texture of this massive wine brings out layers of black-plum fruits and tight acidity that adds juiciness. The wine’s power is palpable, dense and set for much more aging.” – 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast