THE FLOURISHING WINE OF THE SOUTHWEST
On exceptional terroirs in the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains, for centuries, passionate and committed men and women have produced unique wines made from an original and rare grape variety: Tannat.
Tannat N (minimum 60%)
Can also be assembled with Cabernet Franc (Bouchy), Cabernet Sauvignon and Fer Servadou (Pinenc)
Immediately recognizable. Ruby, purple color. To the nose, a singular,
intense, and beautiful aromatic richness: black fruits such as cherries, blackberries and blackcurrant. On the palate, full and dense, a beautiful freshness with silky and powerful tannins. Notes of spices: pepper, cinnamon, licorice.
Aging potential: over 10 years
Food and wine pairing:
Madiran goes well with all types of cuisine: grilled meats, lamb, traditional cuisine from Southwest France, goat cheeses but also, more notably, world cuisine and chocolate desserts. Ideal serving temperature: 17 ° C.
MORE ABOUT MADIRAN WINES
1948: Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC-AOP*)
Location: Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques departments
Production area: 1 125 ha (2 780 acres)
Harvest: 58 500 hl (5 800 000 litres), exclusively red wine
Terroir: The Madiran appellation is located in the Pyrenean piedmont, north-east of Pau, in a universe of forests and vines. There is a great diversity of terroirs in Madiran: the clay-limestone and stony soils on the steep slopes shape wines with great aging potential; the clays on the intermediate, light and filtering flats, give supple and easy-drinking wines; pebbles rolled on the dominant ridges, draining soils favor silky wines.
Climate: Madiran combines the freshness provided by the thermal amplitude from the nearby Pyrénées mountains and the refinement from a gentle maturation period, thanks to the oceanic influence, with its long sunny autumns, often marked by the “Foehn” effect (warm wind from the south), which promotes optimum ripening of the Tannat grapes.
* Created by the EU in 1992, the AOP label (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) designates products that have been produced, processed and developed in a specific geographical area, using the recognized know-how of local producers and ingredients from that region. The English equivalent is PDO (Protected Designation of Origin).