Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
75cl * 14% ABV * Madiran, South West France
Based in Madiran in southwest France, Alain Brumont (a.k.a. 'Monsieur Madiran') runs five estates in the region, of which the biodynamically-run Chateau Bouscasse is one of the most important. The estate comprises 50 hectares of superb clay and limestone soils along the cliff in the commune of Maumusson-Laguian. The slope is known locally as the Pied de Côte de Saint Emilion ("The Foot of the Saint Emilion Slope"), because the Tannat grown there produces wines that possess similar characteristics to some of the great wines of Bordeaux's right bank.
This flagship cuvée from the Bouscassé estate comprises a mainly Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Cabernet Franc making it possibly a bit more open and early drinking than Château Montus, his other Madiran estate. On the palate is a collection of black fruits, cassis, cocoa, cloves, cedar, lavender and savoury notes with a long, delectable finish.
This is a wine that stays young for a long time, evolving very slowly, and thus has great aging potential.