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Domaine de La Marfee
Domaine de La Marfee
With a backgound in accountancy, Thierry Hasard came relatively late to winemaking, making his first wines in 1997. He farms 9 hectares of vines, on a dozen or so different plots near the village of Murviel Les Montpellier, a few kilometres west of Montpellier itself. Murviel is located on a hill, with views of the Mediterranean about ten kilometres away. Here, prehistoric men lived and the Romans built a temple and an oppidum, from which the name of the village originates: "mur viel", meaning "old wall".

Thierry currently makes five wines - a white and four different reds. I've had the opportunity to taste one or two older wines from La Marfée in recent years (the top cuvées, Les Vignes Qu'On Abat and Les Champs Murmurés, both from the late 1990's) so I know how good they can be and how ageworthy they are. But having never tasted them young, I didn't really have any idea what to expect. But these young wines are, without exception, brilliant. There's no other word to describe them, in my humble opinion. I am completely bowled over by them. The white is up there with the very best I have tasted from Languedoc. And the reds all have one particular thing in common, whatever the blends or varieties - and that is a depth of fruit which I find hard to describe. The nearest descriptor I can think of is fruit pastilles (especially the red and black ones) with a rich, deep flavour, like ultra-ripe raspberries and blackcurrants and a curious (but compelling) hint of elderflowers - and always with a mouth-watering lick of acidity.

Thierry Hasard has been quoted as saying that he believes terroir is more important than grape variety. Whatever it may be down to (I think it is probably a blend of great terroir, top-notch viticulture and damn fine winemaking) there appears to be a clear style to these wines, and one that I find very easy to fall in love with. As with Mas Foulaquier (whose wines we also now list), it wasn't until later that I discovered that Domaine de La Marfée is biodynamic. Which I guess should not have come as a surprise. As I have said before, whatever you think of biodynamicism (extreme organics or just plain whacky) it is a philosophy which does tend to go hand-in-hand with a healthy respect for the land and a fastidious approach to winemaking. And when the wines are this good, you can't help but believe in it.

I have also written a couple of in-depth entries on my Blog about Domaine de La Marfée - namely a much more in-depth commentary on Thierry Hasard's viticultural and winemaking philosophy, and a report from my visit to La Marfée in June 2011.


Domaine de La Marfée Frissons d'Ombelles 2014 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Marfee Frissons d'Ombelles 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-to-full bodied, aged in oak for 1 year
Grapes 60% Roussanne, 30% Chardonnay, 10% other
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food All manner of fish or seafood dishes, white meats
Next day
Brilliant - even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
The nose is just wonderfully aromatic, complex and full of vivacity - herbaceous and fruity at the same time, with notes of nettles, mint and hay, mingled with fresh apple and peach, a hint of judicious oak and more stony minerality than you can shake a stick at! If it smells good, it tastes even better, with masses of ripe, juicy, garrigue herb-infused stone fruit and soft citrus flavours, again with a pronounced mineral tang and mouth-watering acidity. With genuine complexity, it manages to be soft and approachable, yet beautifully poised and structured at the same time, in a northern Rhône-meets-Burgundy sort of way, with a very long, cool, minty/tangy finish. From one of the great Languedoc growers, this is without a doubt my favourite Languedoc white wine - and an absolute steal at the price. Oh, and if you want to know what the 10% "other" grape variety is that goes into the blend, then feel free to drop us an email - it is a "legal" variety but...... it's a long story! Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £17.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Marfée Rosé 2014 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Marfee Rose 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Murviel-Les-Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry rosé - medium bodied
Grapes 100% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Light meat or fish dishes, salads, fruit salad, apéritif
Next day
Still excellent
Drink Now, or over the next 2 or 3 years
What a wonderful colour - a very pale, clear salmon pink, with shades of onion skin. From the 2014 vintage (although for some reason it isn't shown on the label) it offers a delightful array of red and white fruit aromas, garrigue herbs and even a hint of smoky spice and creamy vanilla. Whilst most rosés have - let's be honest - a bit of an identity problem, this isn't one of them. A vin de pressurage (i.e. from a direct pressing of the grapes, rather than free-run juice) it really is a lovely wine, full of wild strawberry, raspberry and fresh apple fruit flavours, with a gently creamy texture, offset by lively acidity and just a hint of grape tannin. Versatile enough to pair with all manner of savoury foods (both meat and fish) and even fruit, or as an apéritif. And at £10.79, another bargain, which knocks most expensive Provençal rosés into a cocked hat. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £10.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Marfée Della Francesca 2012 Languedoc Saint Georges d'Orques
Domaine de La Marfee Della Francesca 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied
Grapes 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, stews, game, duck
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
Semi-transluscent deep-ish purple colour with a narrow rim. Yet again, we have that wonderful trademark Marfée nose of blackcurrant leaf and fruit pastille, with hints of elderflower, polished wood, tobacco, spice, mint and a definite savoury/meaty element - not too much, mind, for the emphasis is definitely on the fruit. The palate again shows typical freshness, with citrussy acidity, grippy but fine tannins and tangy, sweet-and-sour flavours, courtesy of some intense plummy and brambly red and black fruit, again with a savoury/spicy/meaty/herby quality. The finish is very long, with those mouth-watering red/black fruits lingering for an age. This is mightily good to drink already, but will cellar well for a decade or more.
 

Price:  £19.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Marfée Della Francesca 2014 Languedoc Saint Georges d'Orques
Domaine de La Marfee Della Francesca 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied
Grapes 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, stews, game, duck
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
Semi-transluscent deep-ish purple colour with a narrow rim. Red cherry, raspberry and coffee grounds on the nose, with notes of polished old wood, curry spices and sous bois. Really elegant and fine on the palate, almost feminine, offering bright red and black fruit flavours, with hints of soft citrus, garrigue herbs and spice, very fine, tea-like tannins and really tangy acidity. A supremely elegant and fine wine, which is approachable now, though there is absolutely no rush - as with all of La Marfée reds, it will cellar well for a decade or more. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £20.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Marfée Les Vignes Qu'On Abat 2011 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Marfeee Les Vignes Qu'On Abat 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged for 2 years in oak barels
Grapes 100% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, duck, perhaps even a spicy tagine
Next day
Still going strong
Drink Over the next 10 to 15 years
This is almost understated - for which read elegant and refined. The nose is charming and delicately perfumed, offering up a complex array of ripe bramble, raspberry and cherry, leather, polished old wood, orange peel, garrigue herbs and tobacco. Not rich, not overripe, not big and bold, but truly elegant - if ever a Languedoc Carignan could be compared (in structure, if not flavour profile) to a top red Burgundy, then this is it. By which I mean, if you love great Burgundy, then you can hardly fail to be won over by this. Dark summer fruit, herb and soft spice flavours combine with ripe, tea-like tannins and utterly mouth-watering, sour cherry acidity, in a wine that is - at this relatively early stage in its development - persistently drinkable and more-ish, and very long.
 

Price:  £26.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Marfée Les Vignes Qu'On Abat 2013 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Marfee Les Vignes qu'on Abat 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged for 2 years in oak barels
Grapes 100% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, duck, perhaps even a spicy tagine
Next day
Still going strong
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
A deep-ish but clear, bright, cherry-blood red, with classic Carignan (and especially Marfée terroir) aromas of blackcurrant leaf, bramble, orange and red cherry, along with hints of polished leather, curry spices and forest floor. As the colour suggests, this is made by the delicate hand of a brilliant winemaker - medium-bodied at most, gently-extracted and full of finesse, allowing all of those wonderfully subtle fruit and herb/spice aromas and flavours to express themselves, with little savoury/meaty notes - on the nose more than the palate - adding yet more complexity. Gently grippy, lapsang tea-like tannins and simply wonderful, mouth-watering acidity complete the package, with a long, lingering, tangy-fruity-herby finish. This is a Languedoc Carignan of the very highest order - and one that lovers of fine Burgundy (as opposed to Bordeaux) would do well to taste. It really is elegance personified, and an utterly lovely wine. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £28.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Marfée Les Champs Murmurés 2014 Languedoc Saint Georges d'Orques
Domaine de La Marfee Les Champs Murmures 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Mourvedre, from very old vines
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Rib of beef, rich stews, game
Next day
As good, if not better
Drink Now, or over the next 10 to 15 years
Quite a deep, semi-opaque carmine colour, which is an indication of what is to come, the nose displaying dense, multi-layered aromas of bramble and blackcurrant, spiced orange, damp earth, leather and a touch of charred oak. The palate is generous, ripe and really quite expansive - masses of pepper and spice-infused dark berry and cherry fruit flavours coat the mouth, with a touch of meaty/herby savoriness, a hint of licorice and balsam, and again a splash of oak, all of which is wrapped in a cloak of rich, ripe tannins, nicely offset by a balancing streak of cherry skin acidity. Ideally, it will need another year or two for the individual elements to fully knit together, but there is the unmistakable whiff of a fine wine about this - and it has the structure to age and evolve gracefully for at least another 10 years, and perhaps even beyond 2030. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £28.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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