The large (155 hectare) Mas Amiel estate is the leading independent producer in Maury, a small region within the boundaries of the much larger Rivesaltes appellation. The domaine originated in 1816 when Raymond Amiel won the deeds to the property from the Bishop of Perpignan in a game of cards. At that time there was little viticulture at the estate, but after the Phylloxera epidemic the vineyards were replanted. Financial difficulties ensued, however, and the estate was sold to Charles Dupuy in 1910. Dupuy did much to improve quality at the estate and in 1997 the domaine was bought by current owner Olivier Decelle. This refreshing vin doux naturel is made from fortified Grenache Gris grapes from 35 year old vines and spends one year in used oak barrels after fermentation.
A clear straw-yellow in colour. On the nose, scents of tropical fruits, orange blossom and star anise. A complex, perfumed palate with flavours of peach and apricot and a hint of brioche. Full and creamy with low acidity yet a fresh and herbacious finish. Makes for a great dessert wine or aperitif. Try chilled with a baked custard with chestnuts, fresh fig tart or Roquefort cheese.