France: Languedoc Roussillon

North and West of Perpignan

Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Rivesaltes and Maury
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 22 April 2010
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Clos de l’Origine

Address: 1 Route de Lesquerde, 66460 Maury
Tel: 04 68 53 10 38 / 06 75 03 71 71  Fax: 04 68 53 10 38
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:48:31N (42.80852)    Longitude: 2:35:26E (2.59047) 

Marc Barriot, grower and winemaker in Bandol in a former life, is applying biodynamic techniques in his vineyards and ‘natural’ winemaking in his cellar. He makes quirky, but vibrant elegant reds based on Carignan, Grenache and Syrah; and an increasing amount of barrel-aged yet crisp and ‘mineral’ whites from Macabeu, Grenache Gris & Blanc and Muscat. Marc's jovial 'big guy' persona, as featured on his labels, yet forthright opinions are neatly summed up by a quote from his website: "As wine should be and remain a living product, I don't aim to make perfect boring wines...". He owns and rents 17 disparate parcels around Maury and Calce, Estagel, Latour de France and Montner. So he must clock up quite a bit of mileage, knowing how much time he spends in the vineyard!

Useful information: Visits by appointment only every day 09.00-19.00.


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