Mas Amiel - Cotes du Roussillon - Vertigo - red - 2020 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS & WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“Highly energetic, this wine’s radiance and impulsive red berry and rose petal aromas are instantly appealing.
Ample and fresh on the palate, its flavors are also tasty and fruity, underscored by vibrant minerality, brought about by the schist-laden soils – the preferred terroir of great Grenache wines.” Mas Amiel
Of all the wines from Domaine Mas Amiel, Vertigo is the youngest, most elegant and accessible. It is an initiation path towards its most complex and dense reds. Grenache , mostly supplemented with syrah and carignan, gives a precise juice, full of freshness. Vertigo always expresses himself with the passion of his youth, frankly and precisely.
It immediately seduces with its radiance and its "primesautier" aromas of small red berries and fresh rose. The wide and fresh mouth continues in this greedy and fruity register, with a beautiful mineral touch peculiar to shale soils, terroirs of predilection for the great Grenache.
Mas Amiel is a large property – the biggest private cellar in Maury – located in the heart of the Agly valley, in France’s Roussillon region. This is Cathar country: it’s beautiful but rugged—a hot, rather hostile environment with rocky, stony soils, frequent windy weather, and 260 days’ sunshine a year. Back in 1816, a bishop used one of his plots of land as a bet in a game of cards. He lost it to Raymond Amiel, and this is how Mas Amiel was born. At the time, it only had 10 hectares of vines on it; it has grown substantially since then.
Parcels, terroir and vine-growing: Vertigo is elaborated from a selection of young parcels, on schist-laden slopes, facing North and South, and including remarkable deep limestone schist, specific to MAS AMIEL.
The total production area represents a surface of 20 ha. Tilling is the only technique used to manage the soils. The vineyards produce an average yield of 25 hl/ha out of a plantation density of 4,000 vines/ha.
Grape varieties: Vertigo is the expression of a subtle blend of local grape varieties. Grenache noir, Carignan and Syrah draw strength from the great variety of limestone schist terroirs.
This wine also demonstrates the power of this terroir, expressed by the 5 to 20-year old vines.
Harvest and winemaking: The harvest is 100% handpicked in 20-kg crates. The grapes are entirely de-stemmed. The parcels are made into wine, terroir by terroir, to highlight the specificity of each spot.
The wine is made in 84-hl concrete vats with daily pumping over.
Maturing: This product is blended in concrete vats for a period of 6 months. The choice of this surface is important as it allows Vertigo to fully express its fresh fruitiness.
This wine is slightly filtered, but not fined.