Mas Amiel - Maury - fortified red - 1969 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The oldest vintage-dated Maury still being sold by Mas Ariel, the 1969 Maury Vintage is sweet, silky and succulent, with smoky notes that are beginning to take over from the walnut flavors still at the core. It's medium to full-bodied, and while in no immediate danger of cracking up, I don't see it getting any better from here. Drink up.” Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
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.
Grape varieties: 90% Black Grenache, 5% Carignan, 5% Maccabeu
Soil types: Broken down shale and black marl. Oriented south.
Aged: Aged for one year in glass demijohns outside, then for 38 years in 350-hectolitre oak casks.
Perfect food pairing: this old wine displays remarkably youthful and fresh characteristics. It should be enjoyed with stuffed and rolled hare (à la royale), with blue cheese such as roquefort, or with desserts based on chocolate and dried fruit.open an hour before serving, decant and enjoy at 15° c.
Winemaking techniques: manual harvest. The fruit was de-stemmed. Extra alcohol was added (mutage) directly onto the fruit, then the whole was allowed to steep for 30 days in order to extract the aromas and polyphenols from the grapes, ensuring a nice balance of fruit, alcohol and sugar.Characteristics: Fortified Oxidized