The Wine Front, Gary Walsh: Vintage 2012


Category: Red, full-bodied.

Appellation: AOC Madiran (Madiran region)

Grapes: Tannat (60%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%)

Farming: Organic (certified) 

About this wine: Rich and full-bodied red wines. The power of this Madiran has been masterfully handled by Christine Dupuy the winemaking dominatrix. The vines benefit from the silty clay and limestone soils, along with south - southeast facing, gentle hillsides around the domaine. Grapes are hand-harvested at perfect ripeness, before being sorted and de-stemmed. Fermentation is conducted in a temperature controlled vat with gentle pumping over for the reds. Malolactic and ageing occurs in old barrel, with a focus on minimal sulphites and lightly filtered (unfined) bottling.

When to drink: Now or in the next 8-10 years after vintage.

Service: 15 to 16 degrees C.

Food match: Meatballs, confit duck with potatoes, cassoulet, slow cooked game, black pouding, chili con carne, grilled red meat.

2016 Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran, Tannat and Cabernets




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