In a nutshell:
A tremendously concentrated and intense Gascon red from deep South Western France.
Made by Alain Brumont, one of Madiran's leading lights, this cuvée is made from 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Montus vineyard, unusually for Madiran, is made of large pebbles, or galets over a clay soil similar to those of Châtheauneuf-du-pape and is on quite steep slopes. With immense black fruits, rich spices and a big tannic structure and prolonged finish this is just now coming into its own.
When to drink:
While good for drinking now it'll be in tip top form for another ten years at least.