2013 Chateau Maris ‘Les Anciens’ Carignane - Minervois La Liviniere, France
This is a wine for sharing with friends over a light lunch in the mountains – or at a long table in Brooklyn. 90% Carignane and 10% Grenache, this bright ruby, medium-bodied child of old vines has a soft-approach, a deep mid-section, and a smooth, delicate finish. Open, complex and a little gamey on the nose with barnyard notes that give way to cocoa and black cherry, there’s a deep and firm, satisfying quality to les Anciens as you drink it, and it really evolves over a meal. A great food wine, especially for flavorful, unfussy fare like duck rillettes.