|box of 3 bottles
(£26.40 a bottle)
(£26.40 a bottle)
This 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 silky brick red wine with flavours of black fruits and mocha, and a finish of figs.
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: Decomposed schist and black marls. Southern exposure. 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 while retaining its acidity. On these soils the grapes develop the aromatic qualities of a great Maury wine.a
Grape variety: 100% Grenache noir
Wine making: The grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed. After a short maceration, the juice is fortified with a neutral grape spirit. This operation produces fine soft tannins.
The wine is aged outside for its first year, in glass demi-johns. It is then tranferred to large oak casks (350 hl) for five years before bottling. This method of maturing the wine slowly transforms the fruity aromas to more developed notes of fig and cocoa.
Tasting notes: A brick red wine with crimson tinges. Best served in a carafe at 15C/60F. Due to the ageing process, the nose has developed a beautiful aromatic instensity with notes of fig, dry fruits and subtle aromas of cocoa. On the palate, a silky texture with flavours of black fruits and mocha, finishing with fig.