This is a fortified wine from the South of France (Agly Valley, Roussillon), made in a similar way to vintage Port, but from the Grenache Noir variety. It’s a little less strong than Port (16 as opposed to 19/20 degrees of alcohol), but it’s one of the Maurys that have been aged reductively, so it keeps all its fruit. Producer website is here.
Mas Amiel Vintage 2008 Maury, France
16% alcohol. Nicely packaged. Sweet aromatics of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with some savoury tar and plum notes. The palate is ripe, sweet and quite structured with lovely plum and blackberry fruit. Nice definition here, and it’s not too sweet, with a spicy, savoury edge. 92/100 (£18.99 The Perfect Cellar)