Maury vins doux naturels are lesser known than those of Banyuls which sits 35 miles to the south east. They are made in a similar style but the vineyards are planted on small slopes in a basin area bordered to the north and south by spectacular limestone cliffs which mark the beginning of the Pyrenees foothills. To the north looms the Cathar Castle of Queribus.
The soil is black schist, hence the name Maury from Amarioles or Amarilolas meaning ‘black earth’. Red and white wines are made and in their youth these wines are tannic and intensely fruity, becoming more savoury and deeply coloured as they age.
The grapes used are Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu, Tourbat, augmented by a maximum 20% of Muscat à Petits Grains and Muscat d'Alexandrie. The red wines must comprise at least 75% Grenache Noir, the other principal grapes being Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu, the latter not exceeding 10%. In addition, the varieties Carignan and Syrah, up to a maximum 10%, are also permitted. Both colours see twelve months in wood before bottling. The AC Maury Rancio applies to wines that are matured in oak barrels exposed to the sun. This gives them the typical rancio taste.