Chateau Montus Madiran 2016


The success of Madiran is to a great extent down to the labors of one man – Alain Brumont. The proprietor of Château Bouscassé and Château Montus (the ‘Petrus of southern France), Alain is acknowledged as one of the finest winemakers in the world. Known as ‘Madiran’s Fighting Bull’, Alain took control of his family’s winery in 1979 after training in Bordeaux. At the time Madiran had slipped into irrelevance and was little known. Alain recognized that the region had an ace up its sleeve, Tannat, and he invested heavily in his vineyards. Starting off with only 17 hectares of vines, in 1980 he purchased Château Montus. He doubled the density of his vineyards and reduced his yields, resulting in smaller amounts of flavourful grapes. In the cellar he forbade the use of micro-oxygenation, which he believes undercut Tannat’s impressive ageability. Four decades on, he owns 350 hectares of vineyards and rents an additional 250 hectares. The wines he releases, often with extensive cellar aging, are keenly snatched up by buyers who recognize that the wines of Château Bouscassé and Château Montus may be the best deal in town.

This is the one. The one that put Madiran on the map. The 2016 Château Montus is made from a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged 12 months in oak barrels, of which 20% are new. Formidably full-bodied and structured, it’s a wine that will age beautifully for decades. The full bodied palate has firm tannins and tremendously concentrated flavors of blackberry, plum, cocoa, and baking spice. For immediate enjoyment, we highly suggest decanting this wine for at least 1 hour. Absolutely though, do your future self a favor and tuck away some bottles for opening years from now.

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