Appellation: AOC Madiran (South-West France region)

 

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

 

Farming: Organic (certified)

 

Aromatics: Floral notes with red berries and black berries. Generous earthiness and subtle smokiness from the oak.

Palate: A rich and full-bodied red wine. Beautiful volume with ripe tannins, black fruits, earthiness and spice with a charming texture. Savoury powerful finish.

 

About this wine: The power of this Madiran has been masterfully handled by Christine Dupuy. 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 vats 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, chili con carne, grilled red meat.

 

The Wine Front, Gary Walsh: 94/100

2016 Domaine Labranche Laffont, AOC Madiran ‘Tradition’

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