From the master of Madiran, you get this entry-level wine that offers all the classic flavours on a lighter frame that will drink sooner. The wines of South-West France offer fans of structured red wines a lot of joy but also ‘bang for your buck’. A blend of 60% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Dark, minerally, a hint of oak – somewhat reminiscent of Hunter Valley Shiraz. Nutty, smokey/flinty, nice acidity, silky and dense. Great wine!
At 9 years of age, I’m loving drinking this Madiran now. I don’t think it will get significantly better, but it won’t fall over in the next 5-10 years.
Chateau Bouscasse Madiran 2013, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Andrew Jefford describes Alain Brumont as ‘the Citizen Kane of Madiran’ for his ability to build an empire and disagree with almost everyone he encounters!
“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
Chateau Bouscasse Madiran 2013 Importer Notes
“60% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc yielding 45 hl/ha. Malo is done in barrel and the wine is bottled without filtration. A very perfumed and refined expression of Madiran offering more body and depth than many Bordeaux at prices that reach well above the modest price for this wine. Fragrant with blackcurrants plum and spice. Wonderfully fresh on the palate with remarkably refined tannins.”
Sud-Ouest or the South West France is a wine area covering several wine-producing regions situated to the South and inland from Bordeaux. These regions have a total of 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) of vineyards in several discontinuous wine “islands” throughout the Aquitaine region (where Bordeaux region itself is situated). The lack of one central governing body, a fruit salad of weird and wonderful grape varieties and wines style probably holds these wines back from the mainstream market. But when you find a good Chateau, of which there are enough to make it worth searching for, you can drink very well and get great value for money.
The reason you need to know about the Sud-Ouest is that the wines are undervalued and over-delivering. A great red from Cahors or Madiran is equal to Cru Classe Bordeaux but priced at a fraction of what the Bordeaux would cost. And the top Monbazillac can give Sauternes a fair shake too. After the comparisons to their neighbour Bordeaux finish, you then get to the unique and wonderful wines. Whites and sweet wines that are unique and fun to drink. There is a whole world of drinking here. But for us, we’ll start with the classics.
This shares the same footprint as white only Pacherenc region. Madiran makes reds from Tannat, Cabs Sauvignon and Franc and local variety Fer Servadou. These are seriously tannic wines, easily outstripping all contenders for this title. The troublesome variety Tannat was the inspiration for developing the micro oxygenation technique which is used worldwide in wine production.
Makes darkly coloured wines with monstrous tannins but with underlying depth and complexity. Madiran is obviously Tannat’s happy place judging by the wines.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.
Cabernet Franc is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux. But also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highly aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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