MAS AMIEL Cuvée Spéciale 15 Year Old Maury Domaine Mas Amiel
|Grapes: Carignan Grenache Macabeu
||Origin: France, Vin Doux Naturel
Lea & Sandeman review
Exceptional, intense and original. Mainly Grenache, with Carignan and Maccabeu, aged in traditional demi-johns and oak.
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.
Other reviews and comments
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.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate