Mas Amiel - Maury - 40 ans d'age - red - 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The latest release of the NV Maury 40 Ans features high-toned, walnut-like aromas and notes of maple syrup. Yet it's surprisingly drinkable, being only medium to full-bodied, with moderate sugar levels and hints of mocha and ripe citrus on the long, long finish.” 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 % grenache noir, 5% maccabeu, 5% carignan.
Soil types: Broken down shale and black marl, oriented south.
Winemaking harvest: Manual harvest. The fruit is de-stemmed. Extra alcohol is added (mutage) directly on the fruit, and then the whole is 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.
Aged: This very long ageing technique is part of the mas amiel signature, and enables the wine to acquire very mature body and aromas.
Tasting notes: This wine is a magnificent mahogany color and an expression of the rancio category. It is a mixture of various sensations. This is a strange aromatic trip, between hot steel, beeswax and spices. Walnut, fig and date aromas mix with brown tobacco. The finish is very long with notes of bitter oranges. This is a great maury wine expressing heaps of rustic freshness.Characteristics: Fortified Oxidized