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1980 Mas Amiel Maury Millesime Special Selection

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March 3, 2024 - $49

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Mas Amiel

Mas Amiel is the largest independent producer in Maury, which is inside the Roussillon appellation on the southwest Mediterranean coast. The winery has a colorful history, since it was founded in 1816 when Raymond Amiel won the deed to the land during a card game with the Bishop of Perpignan. Today the 155-acre estate is owned by Olivier Decelle. Mas Amiel was for much of its history a producer of fortified wines only, and it is still best known for its Grenache based fortified styles. But in recent decades the estate has also started producing a wide range of non-fortified wines including dry whites and roses.

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France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Maury

Languedoc-Roussillon is very large wine-producing region in south and southwestern France extending along the Mediterranean coast from northern Spain to the Rhone Valley. It includes more than 800,000 vineyard acres and numerous appellations, nearly all created since the mid-20th century. Languedoc-Roussillon produces one-third of all the wine made in France and it long had a reputation for quantity over quality. In the last few decades, however, outside investors and some long-time local producers have greatly improved vineyard practices and winemaking. The result is that Languedoc-Roussillon is now home to many entrepreneurially-minded producers highly focused on quality, and it enjoys a buzz among wine buyers looking for well-crafted, robust wines offered at excellent values. The most successfully grown red grapes are the traditional Rhone varietals of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, though Carignan and Cinsault are also planted. The intense sun and dry weather makes it tougher to grow white grapes, though Chardonnay and some other white grapes are often successful. Chardonnay is used for the popular sparkling wine Crémant de Limoux, a Languedoc-Roussillon appellation created in 1990.