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Madiran - Lionel Osmin et Cie
A full-bodied and expressive red wine, typical of the Madiran AOC.
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On east/west slopes embraced by the curve of the Adour, the Madiran AOC offers this wine essentially made from the Tannat grape. Dark ruby in colour, dense and long, its unique style comes from this exceptional grape variety: rich, fresh, powerful with a remarkable length in the mouth.
Pairings : This red wine is perfectly suited to autumn and winter cuisine, red meat dishes and all duck dishes. It will also accompany many French gastronomic dishes: braised Toulouse sausage cassoulet, braised Toulouse sausage cassoulet, rooster braised in Madiran wine, confit of farmhouse duck from the South-West: with Espelette chilli, with Guérande salt, confit of goose from the South-West with garlic and laurel, wild boar terrine with cranberries
Tasting notes : the colour of this Madiran is very deep, black and brilliant. On the nose, there are aromas of red and black fruits (blueberry, blackberry, cherry) and a hint of roasting. The palate is concentrated and powerful, but the tannins remain silky and well coated. We find the same type of aromas as on the nose. The finish is persistent.
Vinification and vineyard :
Location: the plots are nestled in a bend formed by the Adour, on the terroirs of Viella and Maumusson-Laguian.
Climate: warm, predominantly oceanic microclimate, for which the Adour acts as a natural barrier to rainfall.
Soil: on the western slopes, the soil is eroded and often has limestone outcrops. The eastern slopes are protected from the prevailing winds.
Vinification and maturation: particular attention is paid to the choice of harvest date because the period of optimal maturity of the Tannat is very short. A pre-fermentation maceration is carried out cold to increase the aromatic complexity and extract the best tannins contained in the skins. The vinification is done by separate grape varieties and the extraction is gentle and controlled. Malolactic fermentation in vats precedes a ten-month ageing period (40% of which is spent in barrels), which refines the different batches and gives them silkier tannins.
Appellation : produced not far from the Adour river, straddling the departments of Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Madiran enjoyed an excellent reputation very early on. It was for a long time the wine of the pilgrims of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. The vineyards are very old and date back to the Gallo-Roman era. From Jurançon to Cahors, from Gaillac to Bergerac via Marcillac, our producer Lionel Osmin et Cie, a wine merchant who works in partnership with the winegrowers, is becoming the only cross-sectional signature of the wines of the South-West.
Ageing potential : 10 years
Tannat grape variety 75%: born in the South of Aquitaine, at the foot of the Pyrenees, this grape variety is renowned for the quality and generosity of its tannins, from which it takes its name. The wines it produces are colourful and fairly full-bodied, i.e. with a marked acidity.
Cabernet Franc 25%: this variety is very well established in Bordeaux and the South West. It produces wines that are less colourful than those made from Cabernet Sauvignon but nevertheless expressive, with notes of raspberry, violet and liquorice. It is often used in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.