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Mas Amiel and Chocolates help launch The Clerkenwell Collection.

On Wednesday 6th March The Clerkenwell Collection was officially launched at 155 Farringdon Road, London. The Perfect Cellar are thrilled to be a part of this new and exciting venture providing us with a retail outlet to compliment our online presence. As such the wine served at the launch was, of course, courtesy of  The Perfect Cellar. Each wine carefully selected to match the delicious canapés being circulated throughout the 150 strong throng of guests.

Mas Amiel @ The Clerkenwell Collection

The atmosphere was lively and buzzing as the harpist kept us entertained with her unique take on recent well-known songs. Towards the end of the evening came, what for many guests, was one of the highlights of the evening; Mas Amiel Maury 2010 with Charbonnel et Walker Marc de Champagne Truffles. [caption id="attachment_924" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Mas Amiel & Truffles"]Mas Amiel & Truffles[/caption] Milk and dark chocolate truffles were served to compliment the red dessert wine from Maury in the Roussillon region of south-west France. Mas Amiel is made from the Grenache grape which is left on the vine for longer than normal to increase the sugars which helps produce a really sweet wine. Fermentation begins but is ceased prior to all the sugar being eaten by the yeast. This is done by the addition of alcohol in the form of grape spirit. The process is known as fortification and kills the remaining yeasts leaving us with a deliciously sweet red wine. [caption id="attachment_926" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Mas Amiel 2010"]Mas Amiel 2010[/caption] Mas Amiel 2010 is perfect to match to chocolate or rich fruity desserts. It is dense and sweet but has a freshness, especially on the finish which prevents the wine from being cloying. The fruit characters are dark and brooding with ripe black cherry, plums and succulent raspberries, all balanced with a subtle spiciness. It is the texture, however, that really makes this the perfect match to these delectable truffles. It is luscious, smooth and inviting with a tangy finish that really lingers in the mouth. [caption id="attachment_928" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Charbonnel & Walker Truffles"]Charbonnel & Walker Truffles[/caption] Come along and visit us at The Clerkenwell Collection where both the Mas Amiel Maury and a selection of Charbonnel & Walker truffles are available to purchase. [caption id="attachment_930" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Charbonnel & Walker with Mas Amiel 2010"]Charbonnel & Walker with Mas Amiel 2010[/caption]

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