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Chateau Montus, Alain Brumont Madiran 2014

£28.50

  • Type:

    Red

  • Grape:

    Tannat

  • Country:

    France

  • Grape Blend:

    Tannat 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%

  • Region:

    Regional

  • Vegan:

    Yes

  • Organic:

    Yes

  • ABV:

    TBA

  • Winemaker:

    Alain Brumont & Fabrice Dubosc

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Description

Tannat grapes produce a deep and dark wine full of tannic structure but Alain Brumont is a master at making a wine which, while requiring time to develop, exudes all the best characters of a top quality Madiran. This is the latest release from this Madiran showpiece estate on steep vineyards surrounding a grand chateau. The wine is black, firm and full of tannins while allowing room for swathes of dark fruits and a bold structure. It is still in the aging process.

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Vineyards located at the top of the hills, each parcel being separated by a forest, this in order to avoid contamination from one vineyard to another. Alain uses only natural spring water taken from his timbered hills, not polluted thanks to the ideal and privileged environment of Gascony. Sun orientation is at 15:00PM for the rows. Work on the single bunch and replace the traditional yield by the number of bunch per vine. Made from a blend of 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon planted on steep south and south-west facing slopes of clay with large pudding stones yielding 5-6 bunches per vine, about 35 hl/ha. Around 60-80% new barrels used for ageing. Malolactic fermentation is done in barrel and aged 12-14 months on lees and the wine is bottled without filtration.

Alain Brumont is a force to be reckoned with. This is evident from the moment he begins to speak; from his commanding tone to his broad Southwestern French accent. He has worked tirelessly through out his career to bring the wines of a little known vineyard to the world stage. His estate, Chateau Montus, is better known in many wine circles than Madiran, the appellation from which it hails.

Brumont  left school at the tender age of 16 years-old and laboured in his fathers’ vines for a number of years before taking out a loan, on his own, to purchase Chateau Montus. Today, he crafts wines not only from his four properties in Madiran, but also from his negociant activities in the Cotes de Gascogne. Brumont believes strongly in sustainable agriculture, though he doesn’t feel the need to seek out certification. His flock of sheep fill the vineyards in winter and nearby pastures in summer, providing an abundant source of natural manure. ‘We use no other form of fertilizers in our vineyards’ states Brumont with pride.

The climate in Madiran, Mediterranean with Atlantic influences, is ideal for grape growing, providing mild springs, optimal sunshine and tempering, cool breezes. With such optimal weather conditions, Brumont asserts that it is a relatively easy thing to limit vineyard treatments and work with minimally invasive products. The same low interventionist methods are employed in the cellars.  ‘Our wines are never acidified or chaptalised’ says Brumont. In fact, he is working towards a zero entrants policy for his wines. Stringent cellar hygiene is a major part of this. ‘Our equipement (pumps, hoses, etc.) are washed with 300c vapour before each use and inerted with nitrogen gas’. Lowering bacterial and oxidative risks allows sulphur levels to be sharply reduced. These practices in vineyard and cellar all stem from one overriding goal: to create the best quality wines possible, that reflect the best of their terroir and their grape.

The star variety of Madiran, Tannat, is often derided as yielding rustic, overly tannic reds. With his many years of experience, Brumont has learned how to harness this powerful nature, creating full-bodied, long-lived yet suave wines that delight critics world-wide. ‘I only use the free-run juice for my reds’ he explains. ‘The muscular tannins come from the pressed grapes”. Brumont’s ‘trash’ is another man’s treasure, as the dark, tannic press juice commands a good price on the negociant market, to beef up blends from other regions where the dominant grapes are lighter in body and structure. The desire to craft wines that, while still powerful, are approachable in their youth, stems from Brumont’s love of food and wine pairing. Every day, at Chateau Bouscasse, Alain and his team dine together at mid-day, often inviting visiting guests to join them. So great is his interest in all things gastronomic that Alain is currently investing in a project to raise Noir de Bigorre pigs famous in the region for their fine hams. – Jacky Blisson 

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