New Wines from Alain Brumont
New Wines from Alain Brumont, Madrian, Sud-Ouest France
Alain Brumont is, by all accounts, the premier wine producer in Madiran. He spares no effort in making his wines the best that they can possibly be. Though not actually certified, he follows bio-organic practices in the vineyard and owns much of the finest property in the appellation. He eschews the micro-oxygenation process used by many of his neighbours to soften young Tannat, feeling that long periods in new oak work better, and the proof is in the bottle, as they show little overt oak influence.
A little about Madrian
Wine is produced around Madiran under three Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées (AOCs): Madiran for powerful red wines primarily from the grape variety Tannat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh for sweet white wines and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec for dry white wines primarily from the grape varieties Courbu and Petit Manseng. The production area for Madiran wine, which consists of 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres) of vineyards, is spread over three departments of France—Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques—and is a part of the South West France wine region.
Some of his wines
Alain Brumont Madiran Torus, 50% Tannat, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc,
A hint of the barnyard vies with a hint of floral on the nose, with a solid core of earth, underbrush, black currant and black plum in both flavor and aroma. Full bodied and well structured; approachable, but better in a few years.
Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Madiran, 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon,
Attractive bouquet of black fruit shaded with some chocolate and a hint of floral; flavours echo and expand with a deep, dark core of black currant and plum, rich and appealing. Full bodied, well structured and still on the way up, but already delicious.
Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran, 65% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% cabernet Franc
Deeply, darkly colored and not as floral as the Montus, but just as expressive in its own way, with an earthy underbrush, black currant, blackberry and black plum personality. Big, rich fruit and solid structure; approachable, but its best days are well ahead of it.
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