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Mas Amiel Cuvée Spéciale 10 Ans d'Age

This wine is matured for 10 years, outside in glass demi-johns for the first year, followed by nine years in large oak casks.  t well balanced and unctuous Maury wine is elegant with complex aromas, subtle fruit flavours and an exceptionally long finish. This wine has a great ageing potential.

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.
 
Grape variety:  90% Grenache noir, 5% Maccabeu, 5% Carignan
 
Wine making: Aged outside for one year in glass demi-johns followed by 9 years in large oak casks (350 hl). This method of maturing the wine slowly transforms the primary fruit aromas to more developed notes of dried fruit and nuts.
The grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed. The must is fortified with a neutral grape spirit, followed by a 30 day maceration.  This produces a beautiful balance between the fruits, alcohol and sugar.

Tasting notes: A deep mahogony colour with an earthy red tinge. Aromas of sweet cherries and fresh mint. Well balanced with elegant round tannins, subtle fruit flavours and an exceptionally long finish.
Ideal with chocolate, also good with game.

Decant and serve at 14C.

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