|Grapes||Macabeu, Grenache, Carignan|
|Origin||France, Vin Doux Naturel|
Made in the classical Mas Amiel manner, 'muté sur grain', aged a year in 'bon-bons' (prodigiously large glass jars which are left out in the sun and snow on the foothills of the Pyrenees) for a year, then aged in wood (large 'foudres') until bottling when ready for release. 90% Grenache, 5% each Carignan and Macabeu. Vaguely reminiscent of a tawny Port in a style all its own.
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This medium-bodied, extroverted wine can be consumed as an apéritif or in lieu of dessert over the next 10 years. Interestingly, the 15 Ans d'Âge Prestige contains the same amount of residual sugar as its 10-year-old sibling, yet comes across as totally dry. It reveals intense candied nut aromas and flavours reminiscent of sweet cigar tobacco, cedar, and hazelnuts. It is medium-bodied, has outstanding balance, as well as a silky-textured personality. Drink it over the next 10 years. 90 points. Robert Parker, Issue 145.
90 Points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com
Domaine Mas Amiel: Full Wine List and Profile
Mas Amiel is a vineyard just outside the village of Maury, North-East of Perpignan. Planted predominantly with Grenache, the estate is best know for the production of its Vin Doux Naturel, Maury, a sweet 'oxidised' wine which is aged outdoors in large glass demi-johns before being transferred into large oak barrels to age.
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