Vintner Jean-Marc Lafage farms nearly 400 acres spread between Perpignan and the Pyrenees. This comes from one of his warmest sites, a patch of 60-year-old vines in Maury’s black schist. The wine seems to have absorbed that blackness straight into its flavor, the berry notes deepening, with exposure to air, into suggestions of blood and charred meat. As dark as the wine is, it doesn’t feel heavy; rather, it feels as layered as one of Rothko’s color-field paintings, with a similar depth and dimensionality. With its ripe, smooth tannins, it’s approachable now, though it needs rich foods to stand up to it—like roast goose, or blood sausage and white beans.
94 points, Wine & Spirits (Jun 2019)
Another great vintage for the cuvée, the 2016 Maury Sec Kerbuccio (75% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 5% Mourvèdre) is loaded with character and reveals a deep purple color as well as notes of black and blue fruits, new saddle leather, exotic herbs, and tobacco. Charming, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and seamless on the palate, you can’t go wrong with this wine.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov 2018)
The 2016 Kerbuccio is a super ripe, full-bodied explosion of black cherries, richly spiced and textured, with a near-endless, velvety finish. My only hesitation is that I thought I detected a hint of raisined fruit. If that comes to the fore, my rating may look generous. On the other hand, if the fruit hangs on to its freshness, I may seem conservative. In any event, I'd opt for drinking it over the next few years.
92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 236 - Apr 2018)