In the mid-seventies, I paid a visit to the rustic appellation of Madiran, several hours south of Bordeaux. I met proprietor Alain Brumont, but had no way of knowing at the time that he would emerge as the appellation's most energetic and quality-driven producer.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86
Muscular, showing the very firm tannins typical of the Tannat grape, but there's enough fruit flavor for balance, and tar and licorice notes add interest. Needs to soften. 12,500 cases made.
We drank this with a roasted leg of lamb on 1/25/09. The nose was very tight, dark and earthy with aromas of blackberry, licorice, dirt, spice and tar. The palate followed with blackberry, blueberry, spice and dirt flavors. The tannins were well integrated. This was good, but just not very exciting.