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box of 3 half-bottles
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Mas Amiel 2009

This appealing Maury has been aged for 6 years. Outside for the first year in glass demi-johns, then 5 years in large oak casks.  The result, a complex sweet wine with a delicate taste of fruit.

Simply the best and most renowned of the appellation, Mas Amiel was bought by Olivier Decelle out of his passion for this wine. He and his team have lavished attention on all aspects of the Domaine from the rootstock to the labels. We have the largest collection of these wines in the UK going back as far as 1969.

AOC Region: The 1700 hectare appellation surrounds the village of Maury, in the Roussillon wine region of France. Almost all the wines produced are red, made from at least 75% Grenache Noir grapes. The mature grapes are rich with sugar. The soil here is rich and black and the vines benefit from sunshine 280 days a year. Maury wines are made in a similar way to port, 'Mutage' is the addition of alcohol to stop fermentation, the timing of this is important so the wines retain their sweetness, but unlike port no Cognac is added 10% grape spirit is used instead, so the percentage alcohol of the finished wine is usually 16%.

Terroir: These soils are well-known for their capacity to retain the daytime heat and return it to the grapes during the night, allowing the Grenache Noir to become very ripe. On such a soil, the grapes have wonderful aromatic qualities that will produce great Maury wines.
Grapes: 100% Grenache Noir
Wine-making: Soil work : ploughing and using of compost on the row, goblet pruning. The vines are 15 to 35 year old and yield 18 hl/ha with an alcohol rate of 16.08 % with residual sugar levels of 95 g/l.
Harvested by hand between the last week of September and the second week of October. Grapes are double sorted manually, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The wine is harvested at 15 to 18% of potential alcohol. It is made in temperature controlled concrete and stainless steel tanks, with acoholic fermentation at 25°C with fortification on the 'must', followed by maceration over 15 to 20 days. Matured in tanks in order to keep the fresh red fruit aromas for 10 months and then bottled without fining or filtration.

Bottle size: 37.5cl
Tasting notes: Deep ruby colour with a violet tinge. Intense raspberry and cherry aromas with blackcurrant notes. Sweet red fruits and dense, soft tannins on the palate.

Successfully paired 'chilled' with chocolate desserts, cheese and Christmas pudding! Or just a sublime after dinner drink.

Type Sweet Red wine / Appellation Maury / Style Complex & Classy
Food pairing: Chocolate, Cheese, Pudding