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Madiran, Château Bouscassé 2016

Red Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
4.000000000 star rating 3 Reviews
Alain Brumont has been the ambassador for the wines of Madiran and he remains the leading producer. This is Madiran at its most refined – dark, full and rich but also with complexity and length of flavour.
Price: £18.00 Bottle
Price: £108.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: FC39941

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Tannat
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2030
  • 14% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

South-West France (ex Bordeaux)

Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. ...
Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. Here you will find Côtes de Gascogne, Madiran, Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Irouléguy, the latter of which is in real Basque country in the foothills of the Pyrennes, close to the Bay of Biscay.

The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is surprisingly strong even this deep inland and it merges with continental and alpine elements across such a large area to provide moist spring weather and wet winters counterbalanced by hot summers and long, sunny autumns just as the grapes are ripening. Naturally, the area is great enough in size for the soils to be incredibly varied across it. Alluvial and marine soils, often gravel and limestone respectively, are common factors in many areas, the former often on rising terraces above rivers or ancient watercourses.

In many appellations and IGPs it has taken the dynamism of forward thinking, passionate cooperatives and visionaries to save the vineyards and indigenous grape varieties of these regions from serious neglect or even extinction. The devastation of phylloxera around the end of the 19th century was particularly bad in these areas and it was not really until the 1970s, and even later in some cases, that a turnaround in fortunes occurred. The roll call of local varieites is impressive and promising – abouriou, arrufiac, baroque, duras, fer servadou, jurançon noir, len de l’el, petit manseng, gros manseng, mauzac, négrette, tannat and peiti courbu. It is a region that should make a curious wine lover’s mouth water.
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Alain Brumont (Château Montus)

If Alain Brumont didn't invent Madiran, it is largely thanks to him that it still exists and is thriving. He began in general farming and was driving tractors from the age of 16. Wine, though, was a passion and against all the odds he managed to create an estate from scratch and with no money.

This was Montus, which with the '85 vintage took the world by storm.

For Alain, the key was to understand the land, in other words terroir, and to match each soil type and exposition with the right grape variety. Today, this might seem unsurprising but 30 years ago was almost unheard of here. Petit Manseng, tannat and cabernet franc are all grape varieties with strength of character that are a match for this incredible wine pioneer.

Madiran is red only and is made using a majority of tannat. White grapes are also grown here and these are turned into a wine with a separate appellation name: Pacherenc de Vic Bihl; and Alain has been a pioneer here as well, pushing out the boundaries with ever more concentrated wines.

JancisRobinson.com

Blackish garnet with some evolution at the rim. Some development on the nose too. Tannins almost completely invisible! Quite a treat to have this much maturity at this price. Just slightly inky on the end ...
Blackish garnet with some evolution at the rim. Some development on the nose too. Tannins almost completely invisible! Quite a treat to have this much maturity at this price. Just slightly inky on the end and definitely should not be contemplated without food but this could be a lovely wine at the table. 16.5/20
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Jancis Robinson

wine-pages.com

From one of the great estates of Madiran, this is a blend of 60% tannat, 20% cabernet franc, 20% cabernet sauvignon aged 12-16 months in barrel, then eight months in large wooden vats. Big, meaty and...
From one of the great estates of Madiran, this is a blend of 60% tannat, 20% cabernet franc, 20% cabernet sauvignon aged 12-16 months in barrel, then eight months in large wooden vats. Big, meaty and chunky on the nose, there is depth here but a sense of polish too. Hints of violet lift lead on to a palate of svelte and full dark vine fruits, forceful but relatively svelte tannins and lovely acid balance. Powerful and another food wine, but lovely. 90/100
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Tom Cannavan

Decanter

A blend of 60% tannat with cabernets sauvignon and franc in support, this shows how approachable Madiran can be. Ripe and full-bodied, with dark, tarry, sweet black fruit. There's oak influence...
A blend of 60% tannat with cabernets sauvignon and franc in support, this shows how approachable Madiran can be. Ripe and full-bodied, with dark, tarry, sweet black fruit. There's oak influence from the year on lees in barrel, but it's all in balance. Super-drinkable.
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- Amy Wislocki

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