Domaine du Dernier Bastion has deep roots in Maury, where the Lafage family have been vignerons since 1798. Now in its eighth generation under brothers Sébastian and Fredéric Lafage, the approach remains resolutely traditional, the antique Coq vertical presses found in its small cellar in the center of Maury. The cellar is nearly as old as Queribus, the last bastion of the Cathars above Maury which gives the estate its name.
There are 15 hectares under vine, farmed lutte raisonée, and all work in the vineyard and cellar is performed manually. Production is necessarily small, and Maury remains the focus of the brothers Lafage, as it has for generations. Dernier Bastion remains one of the few producers to maintain the tradition of Maury Rancio, aging the wine under the stars for a full year prior to its return to the cellar for prolonged elevage, enabling development of its inimitable “rancio” character.
Produced only in exceptional vintages, the Domaine du Dernier Bastion Maury Rancio is pure Grenache noir, selected from the estate’s oldest vines. Fermented in a 200-year-old concrete tank, the wine was aged in a 1,000-liter tonneau for eight years, then placed on the rooftop under glass and exposed to the elements for a final year prior to bottling. The resulting wine exhibits warming complexity and reverberative depth, its mellow rancio character embroidered on flavors of spiced cherry, caramelized orange, fruit cake, fig, walnut, coffee and cocoa. Enjoy with creamy blue-veined cow’s milk cheeses, with nuts and dark chocolates. Serve slightly chilled or at cellar temperature.