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Madiran Domaine Berthoumieu 2012

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One Line Description Meat stock aromas and anti-oxidants, just what you want in ya vin rouge!
Production Method Conventional
Country France French
Region South West, France
Producer Berthoumieu Didier Barre
Vintage 2012
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Tannat, Cabernet, Pinenc
Alcohol 14% abv
Ageing Potential 10 years, plenty of tannin to hold up this wine!
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner


Madiran is classic vin de terroir, a rustic tangle of humus and farmyard aromas, flavours of dark cherries, figs and pepper, a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinenc (Fer Servadou), the basic Madiran from Domaine Berthoumieu punches well above its weight and offers plenty of southern french character and genuine quality at this price. Madiran is a great vin de garde and even this wine will cellar well over 10 years and develop in something very hearty and expressive. Drink with strong meat dishes, game, terrines, 'Pot au Feu' and Cassoulet.

There have been vineyards in Madiran or Vic-Bilh (to give its original dialect name) since the 3rd century and, in the Middle Ages, pilgrims en route for Santiago de Compostela appreciated the wines. Many producers believe that true Madiran has to be near to 100% Tannat but the appellation allows other grapes like Fer Servadou (called pinenc locally) and Cabernet Sauvignon in there. There are several fine growers in Madiran at the moment and Didier Barré ranks in the first echelon. These wines are perfect expressions of the notion of terroir – they are true to themselves, uncompromising and will develop in their own time. He even has a few rows of gnarled and knobbly 100 year old + Tannat vines. The local dialect uses the word Pacherenc – derived from paishet for 'posts in a row.' This refers to the modern method of planting vineyards in regular rows, using a post to support each vine. Vic Bilh is the name for the local hills that are part the Pyrenees foothills, along the Adour River south of Armagnac.

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