2010 Mas Amiel Maury Vintage Reserve
Olivier Decelle purchased Mas Amiel in 1997. His artisan sensibility and meticulous approach to biodynamic farming have brought new appreciation to a declining appellation -- known almost exclusively for late-harvest, fortified red wine.
Maury's extreme climate (hot, arid summers and cold, harsh winters) lends itself to biodynamic techniques; ripeness and intensity are easy to achieve, finesse and backbone much harder.
The Vintage Rouge is a modern style of Maury. From 100% Grenache, it is not treated to the oxidative effects of older barrel aging and the traditional year in bonbonnes (70-liter demi-johns). Instead, it is fortified on the must and kept in tank to settle, then moved immediately to small oak barrels.
This method preserves forthright cherry and currant aromas, while achieving the characteristic Maury creamy texture. Beautiful with blue-veined cheeses and cooked fruit and berry desserts.
-- Greg Moore, Moore Brothers Wine Company, July 27, 2013
Winery: Mas Amiel
Add to My Wine Portfolio