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2019 Alain Brumont Madiran
2019 Alain Brumont Madiran
2019 Alain Brumont Madiran

Alain Brumont is one of the heroes of south-west France. He was one of a handful of growers who saved Madiran from certain extinction. But he did more than that as he placed the wines of Madiran among the greatest in France with wines that could rival the very best.

He owns two estates in Madiran, and we are offering five wines from both his Châteaux Bouscassé and Montus, with a choice of bottles, magnums and even a jeroboam of one of his top wines. All are from the 2019 vintage, marked by a hot summer but more importantly by perfect conditions during September and October. The tannat grape needs a long time on the vine for complete ripeness and in 2019, it got it to perfection.

Place your order now and, when the wine arrives in the UK (in spring 2021), you can then opt either to store it with us or pay Duty & VAT and take delivery.

You will notice that we include a figure for the predicted alcohol level for the wines. Please note that these are based on a guide provided by the supplier, but may vary slightly once the wine is in bottle

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So how do these two estates differ?

Bouscassé is the original family estate, on which the young Alain Brumont learnt his craft, driving a tractor from the age of 16. Here the vines are planted on clay and limestone. The wines are powerful, especially the Vieilles Vignes bottling. In style the wines veer towards somewhere between the austerity of the Médoc and the opulence of the right bank.

Alain discovered the terroir Montus and bought the land in 1979, seeing the huge potential that at time was dormant. Montus is also planted on clay but there is a substantial layer of pudding stones on top, rather like in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and with a similar heating effect on the vines. The vineyards are on steep slopes and planted at relatively high density. Harvesting is done by hand and yields are low. The wines are concentrated, opulent and rich, sometimes nodding towards Pomerol, sometimes towards Châteauneuf in the Rhône.

Madiran wines are exceptionally long lived, the wines of Alain Brumont, especially so, making them an excellent choice to reserve and squirrel away for future enjoyment. We are delighted to see from previous offerings of Alain’s wines that members agree, and hope you’ll chalk your name on his 2019s: they will certainly be worth the wait.

Marcel Orford-Williams

Marcel Orford-Williams

Buyer for South-West France

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