In a nutshell: A big and full flavoured South West France red with a welcoming approachability.
The lowdown: Alain Brumont is one of the top wine producers in this corner of Gascony and has contributed more to Madiran than argubly anyone else in recent decades. This flagship cuvée from the Bouscassé estate comprises 50% Tannat and 50% Cabernet making it possibly a bit more open and early drinking than Château Montus, his other Madiran estate. On the palate is a collection of black fruits, cassis, cloves, cedar, lavender and savoury notes that provide a real treat for the tongue.
When to drink: It's best decanted a short while before drinikng and is a really good wine now, but will also keep well for a few years yet.
Over the last 30 years or Alain Brumont has built up one the most highly regarded estates in the south western French appellation of Madiran. Among his properties the Châteaux Bouscassé and Montus, situated near the town of Castelnau-Rivière-Basse.
His range of wines span from simple Vin de Pays to exemplary single estate wines from Bouscassé and Montus which feature the area's traditional red variety Tannat. These grapes characteristically make big, tannic wines and can need careful handling and plenty of bottle age. However in the hands of leading practitioners, such as Alain Brumont, the resulting wines can be comparable to classed growth clarets with a slight Gascon twist.