Madiran Charles de Batz Berthoumieu, HALF BOTTLE, Tannat, oak aged, heady red wine. Madiran, Tannat, Cassoulet, these are words which get any Frenchman from the Southwest drooling! This is wine from that wonderful part of the world where despite all the goose fat, sausage and cheese they all eat, they live to 100. Some say it is because of the wine and more specifically the Tannat grape variety, high in anti-oxidants and life giving properties. The Charles de Batz from well renowned producer, Didier Barre is over 90% Tannat and aged for a good long while in oak barrels. The wine is named after Charles de Batz Castelmore d’Artagnan, a French soldier under Louis XIV, and inspiration for Dumas' redoubtable character. The wine is a good opponent to sobriety, full, dark, heady and rich in goodness, you'll want to finish the bottle with your Cassoulet despite your full stomach. Tannat ages forever as well so a case for the cellar wouldn't go a miss and a quality 'Vin de Garde' at this price isn't that common.
|Region||South West, France|
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Wine Style||Full bodied|
|Terroir||The grapes for the Cuvee Charles de Batz come from a 26 hectare vineyard which is situated on a combination of clay-calcareous and clay-siliceous soils|
|Maturation||Aged for 22 months: 4 months in vats then 12 months in oak barrels with 50% new and 50% one year old, then a further 6 months in concrete vats|
|Ageing Potential||5 years + in half bottle as will age faster|