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Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran 2011
This Madiran shows harmony and power, a delicate fruitiness with aromas of blackberries and well-integrated tannins, full-bodied on the palate. This is a wine that stays young for a long time, evolving very slowly, and thus has a good potential to age.
Pair with red meat and spicy dishes. Gascon, Bearnaise and Basque cuisine.
Blend: 65% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
His first vintage of Montus Prestige was in 1985. It was the first Madiran to be made from 100% Tannat and to be aged entirely in new barrels; it is dubbed the "Petrus of Madiran" by top international tasters. Thanks to this Prestige cuvee, a qualitative revolution took place in Madiran, and the appellation is propelled to the ranks of France's finest. Madiran regains all its nineteenth century splendor.
In 1990, Alain Brumont finds a perfectly located 10 hectare hillside covered in large pebbles, providing ideal conditions for the Tannat grape; it is from this plot that he will produce Montus La Tyre, the finest Madiran ever made.
Alain is rewarded with the title of Best French Winegrower of the 1980's by French magazine "Gault-Millau" in 1991. Later Chateau Montus and Chateau Bouscasse are ranked among the finest wines in the world by Bettane and Desseauve in their eponymous book, "Les Plus Grands du Monde", in agreement with 50 other guides ranking the great wines of the world.
In 2007, A jury of 14 international tasters in Switzerland places Montus La Tyre 2001 third in the top ten of French wines and in 2010 he is voted to be in the top five French producers making him a true international icon.
Offering the perfect balance of quality and value, Southwest, France is a recognized appellation that encompasses all wine regions in France’s southwestern corner (except for Bordeaux and Cognac, which merit their very own). Two of the more famous subregions here are Cahors, known for its Malbec, and Madiran, home of the robust Tannat grape. Bordeaux Blends are also popular red wines of the Southwest; Petit Manseng is the regions’s star autochthonous white variety.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.