Madiran Charles de Batz Berthoumieu, 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. Which is high in anti-oxidants and life giving properties. The Madiran Charles de Batz from well renowned producer, Didier Barre. Made from 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.
|Berthoumieu Didier Barre
|South West, France
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Fer Servadou, Tannat
|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
|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
|Below 50 mg/litre
|20 - 30,000 bottles
|Decades and at this price, it is worth buying a couple of cases!
|Red Meat, Rich Sauces