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Mas Amiel Cote du Roussillon Bio Vertigo


Mas Amiel is a large property – the biggest private cellar in Maury – located in the heart of the Agly valley, in France’s Roussillon region. This is Cathar country: it’s beautiful but rugged – a hot, rather hostile environment with rocky, stony soils, frequent windy weather, and 260 days’ of sunshine a year. Back in 1816, a bishop used one of his plots of land as a bet in a game of cards. He lost it to Raymond Amiel, and this is how Mas Amiel was born. At the time, it only had 10 hectares of vines on it; it has grown substantially since then.

Mas Amiel was bought by Olivier Decelle in 1999. At the time, he was CEO of Picard Surgelés, a successful frozen food retailer. He’s renovated the vineyards extensively, started using biodynamics, and there are now 170 hectares of vineyards on this large 226 hectare estate. The schist soils in Maury are special – it’s like Priorat or Côte Rôtie.

Vertigo is Mas Amiel’s youngest wine. It ‘s made out of a blend of mostly Grenache Noir, combined with Syrah and Carignan. The grapes were hand-harvested from young vines and transported in 20-kg crates. Following destemming, the grapes were fermented separately by parcel. Fermented in 84-hl concrete vats with daily pumping over, the separate wines were blended in concrete over 6 months. Before bottling the wine is slightly filtered, but not fined.

An interesting alternative to Côtes du Rhône Rouge, this is a youthful, easy to like red wine. The palate is medium-bodied with red berry dominant flavours, fresh herbal aromas and pronounced minerality. Solid burger wine!

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