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Incredibly, Raymond Amiel won the deeds to this property in 1816 from the Bishop of Perpignan in a game of cards. The estate is now owned and run by Olivier Decelle and has helped to raise the profile of this domaine, now the leading producer of Vins Doux Naturels in the area. The older wines are aged outside in glass demijohns for one year before being moved into large, old oak casks to finish their maturation. Exposure to the sun and deliberate oxidation gives them a wonderful nutty, spicy, “rancio” flavour. Served chilled, they go perfectly with strong cheeses. The Mas Amiel Vintage, made from 100% Grenache, is rich and sweet with silky black fruit flavours. It goes well with panna cotta and is the perfect wine to go with fine dark chocolate. Its versatility and style make this wine immensely popular in many restaurants and gastro pubs.
The Plaisir Blanc 2011 is a rich and delicious wine (Grenache Blanc, Macabao, Marsanne and Roussanne) that displays concentration and depth. It is full and zesty, with a hint of spice adding complexity which lingers beautifully on the finish. A seriously smart wine. The 2009 received a fantastic 93 points from Decanter Magazine and the 2011 is equally as delicious. Plaisir Rouge 2011 is a blend of Grenache with a splash of Carignan and Syrah. Velvety red fruits with a clean and pure perfume lead onto a concentrated and classy palate with delicious mineral complexity and a lingering elegant finish. Finally the Muscat de Rivesaltes 2009 exhibits an amazingly fresh nose of preserved lemon and fresh peach with a classic palate boasting clean, pure fruit with a hint of savoury complexity and a perfumed floral note.
“May I add here how very impressive the wines of Mas Amiel are in my experience” Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com
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Bancroft Wines has strong, direct relationships with the most long-established négociants in Bordeaux as well as with many of the most respected estates and growers in Burgundy and the Rhone placing us in an ideal position to secure allocations of many of the world's most desirable wines before they are on the open market.
Buying en primeur involves buying wines before they have been released - before they are even bottled in most cases - and taking delivery up to two years later when the wines are collected from the Chateaux.
Reasons that people invest in en primeur with Bancroft Wines are:
1. It is an opportunity to buy up wines at their first release price to maximise investment potential.
2. It is often the only time some of the rarest wines will appear on the market.
3. Bancroft Wines only include wines that we consider will be almost impossible to track down in future years without paying a premium price.
4. It is the best way to ensure that your purchases have perfect provenance and will be stored correctly from its release until the day you drink it.
Our Fine Wine team has extensive experience of these wines and travels to each region annually to taste the wines before offering them. We are always happy to advise you on the wines that will best suit your buying plans and can create cellars for you on a discretionary or non-discretionary basis.
Please contact the team should you wish to hear more about purchasing en primeur.
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