Nicolas Carmarans ‘Maximus’

Nicolas Carmarans ‘Maximus’ – the rare unification of whimsy, vehement passion and humble chasms of knowledge. Whimsical firstly due to the grinning idiot this wine is liable to turn one into after a mere sip. Seldom venturing above 11%, this venerable giggle-juice is nevertheless embodying the album cover of Deep Purple’s greatest hits. Clad in deep amaranth, it exudes bushels of berries with a granitic undertone. Harbouring an unexpected hardiness, this mounts wild raspberries and morello cherries on flinty wet stones and potent herbality. Medicinal, somewhat saline and supremely sanguine, this is simply unputdownable. Gaia’s violet-hued tears of joy; Max Richter’s ‘Nature of Daylight’ in liquid form; Parisian Roaring 20s condensed into a glass. Plainly, a triumph.

Carmarans has vines planted on the decomposed granitic soils of Northern Aveyron. In a previous life, he ran the renowned Parisian wine bar Café de la Nouvelle Mairie- it, as its name suggests, acts as a meeting place for like-minded folks to bask in good company and better wines. Having sold it in the mid-2000s to focus on his vineyard, he concentrates his efforts on tending to small, indigenous varietals and works to lend them the limelight. My mentioning of vehement passion is in reference to this aspect of Carmarans work- he has constructed an honest reputation from manually and compassionately exploring these grapes’ natures. The obvious requirement to back up this ardour is that aforementioned knowledge, wielded with humble purpose.

Nicolas Carmarans ‘Maximus’ – a pulse-raising lip-smacker with incessant drinkability. He evidently produces wines that he enjoys- there lurks a smiling compassion in all of his cuveés. Offering one a tranquil escape from the ordinary, mired in fantastical qualities, it shall put heart into one’s laugh again.

Additional information

Grape

Fer Servadou

Colour

Red

Region

Aveyron

Bottle Size

75cl

Nicolas Carmarans ‘Maximus’ – Seldom venturing above 11%, this venerable giggle-juice is nevertheless embodying the album cover of Deep Purple’s greatest hits. Clad in deep amaranth, it exudes bushels of berries with a granitic undertone. Harbouring an unexpected hardiness, this mounts wild raspberries and morello cherries on flinty wet stones and potent herbality. Medicinal, somewhat saline and supremely sanguine.

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