Andrew Jefford describes Alain Brumont (responsible for Chateau Montus and Chateau Bouscassé) as ‘the Citizen Kane of Madiran’ for his ability to build an empire and disagree with almost everyone he comes into contact with!
“Others were there before him, but it was Alain Brumont who put Madiran on the wine map. He left the family domaine at Boucasse in 1980, dissatisfied by his father’s lack of ambition for quality, and set up on his own. In a mere 20 years, Brumont has succeeded by a combination of breathtaking chutzpah and brilliant winemaking in creating the largest fine wine domaine in the south-west and establishing without a doubt that Tannat is a first division quality grape variety.” Clive Coates, The Wines and Domaines of France
100% Petit Courbu (first time I have knowingly tasted Courbu big or small!). I loved this wine’s ripe and flavoursome outlook. Peaches and apricot kernel. Quite full and silky finish. Quite complex and very enjoyable.
Pacherenc du Vic Bihl – Sharing the same boundaries as Madiran, this region only makes dry and sweet white wines. It is a region on the improve and the best wines are textural, complex and satisfying to drink.
Petit Courbu – With a long history in the region this grape adds body, citrus and honey notes to a wine.