Mas Amiel - Maury - red - 1980 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The stunning 1980 Millesime is a compelling wine of magnificent complexity and delicacy. It reveals aromas and flavors of sweet pipe tobacco, cedar, dried molasses, as well as plums. It is pure, fresh, smooth as silk, and possesses and an extraordinarily long, voluptuous finish. This great wine can be consumed over the course of the next 12-15 years.” Pierre Rovani, 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
Ageing: Aged for one year in glass demijohns outside, since then in 350-hectolitre oak casks.
Perfect food pairing: 1980 millesime goes well with game, foie gras and thrills chocolate lovers.
Wine making / Harvest: 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