In a nutshell: A deep, dark and award winning Madiran from the heart of Gascon south west of France.
The lowdown: In true Madiran style this is a deep, dark and brooding number and is made mainly from Tannat one of the signature red grapes of this part of the world. It has a nose of plums and blackberries, herbs and tobacco with hints of vanilla and toasty oak followed by plums and liquorice on the palate. With a silky mouthfeel, sleek tannins have just a touch of dark chocolate on the finish it's a very food friendly wine.
When to drink: It's a real feel of South West France and a great partner to rich hearty casseroles, cassoulets and belly pork.
Domaine Berthoumieu is a small domaine in the Gascon village of Viella, in the north of the Madiran appellation in the heart of the south west region of France.
Since 2017 Claire and Marion Bortolussi now manage its 26 hectares in the heart of the glorious Gascony countryside on stony clay soil, watered by the rain from the Pyrennees. The wines offer tremendous character and style, genuine 'vins de terroir', and some of the best in the appellation.The domaine has two different plots: one on a pebbly clay plateau to the west of the village facing south towards the Pyrenees, and the other a gravelly slope facing south east to the east of the village. Tannat thrives here; its dark, chewy, liquorice character perfectly matching the rich, gutsy cuisine of confit d'oie and magret de canard. It is the land of the Musketeers and Charles de Batz, who was born in nearby Lupiac, was the original Comte d'Artagnan and has lent his name to Berthoumieu's premium cuvées of Madiran and sweet Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh.