Hope you had a great Easter! Not hungover on chocolate yet? Well, this wine is the best companion to chocolate and is bound to make you want to have more! Oh, and it's only 84 years old! ;-))
A fortified red wine made from Grenache (Noir, Gris) and Carignan from around the town of Maury in the Roussillon (France).
You can expect
Appearance: deep ruby/garnet (hazy - if unfiltered like this one)
Nose: plum and chocolate.
Palate: sweet with smooth, chocolatey texture, lots of plum.
Dried fruits finish (figs).
GORGEOUS SWEET RED WITH MATURE COMPLEX FLAVOURS OF PLUMS, CHOCOLATES AND DRIED FRUITS. WILL EASILY COMPETE WITH 10-20YR TAWNY PORTS. MOORISH.
Score: 16/20 (based on wine shown)
You'll like it if you like: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, hot chocolate, chocolate bonbons, plums, chocolate eggs, Easter, Port (Ruby/Tawny).
Where to find it:
1) Oxford Wine Company - 1928 Solera - £19.99
2) Laithwaites - 1969 Mas Mouriane - £19.99 - Fruitier style with less dried fruits on the finish. Exceptional.15/20
3) Waitrose - Seriously plummy - £9.99 - Less complexity but excellent value for under £9.99. 13/20.
4) Selfridges - Mas Amiel 2009 - £24.99. Top recommended name. Not tried.
Did you know?
> Maury is a Vin Doux Naturel and unlike its name translation ('Natural Sweet Wine' in Francais), it is fortified i.e. a grape spirit is to the fermenting must to stop fermentation and reach 15%+ abv.
> The wine is nearly always made from Grenache Noir grown on the windy and sunny shistic grounds of the Roussillon.
|Can you spot Maury on the map?|
|25l Bonbonnes that can be used to age the wine.|
|The Solera ageing system - The younger wine is introduced at the top|
and fractionally blended down to the 'Solera' ('ground') where it's bottled
> The Maury is dominated by Les Vignerons de Maury. Famous Maury winemaking houses includes Mas Amiel.
Enjoy your wines!