2012 Château Bouscassé Madiran SKU #1323833


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K&L Notes

Alain Brumont is one of the stars of Madiran. In 1979 he inherited his father's estate, Chateau Bouscasse. With little experience in the wine industry, he quickly educated himself and began transforming the landscape of Madiran. Now one of the largest and most important producers in the region, he has four working properties each distinctive in its own right. Bouscasse represents the most open and polished wine from Alain's holdings. The vines are planted on hillsides with yellow and white clay layered over fissured limestone. Bouscasse is meant to reflect the history of the region, made in the style of the 18th century heyday of Madiran. The wine is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from vines ranging from 20 to 100 years old. The wine is matured in barrels with 30 to 50% new oak depending on vintage. Full of lush black cherry and blackberry fruit and loads of graphite minerality, you'll feel the awesome power of Madiran and taste the history of the region. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Bouscasse is a master of Madiran. Yes, this is a big, full-bodied wine, but at the same time it is elegant and seamless, with perfect integration of the Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc that make up the blend. While the wine is certainly structured, the tannin are sweet and ripe, not austere or abrasive. The fruit is a saturated, intense blackberry fruit that is quite clean and polished. Overall a beautiful wine, and very well made.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Alain Brumont is making some amazing moves in Madiran, enough to earn him acclaim as a star winemaker, and this sophisticated red proves why. The nose is aromatic – perfumed yet just herbal enough to keep things interesting – with hints of licorice and a surprisingly silky mouthfeel for Tannat. The 2012 Château Bouscassé is more elegant than previous powerful vintages: textured and layered but not as intensely tannic as Madiran can be. In fact, this feels more velvety and open, with generous fruit and just enough satisfying structure through the finish to age well. A killer value, here just in time to pair beautifully with rich holiday meals.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    This is great Madiran starting with the fact that the winemaker holds the vintage for a few years before release (this 2012 is the latest) to make sure it has reached its optimal drinking window. As for this style in particular, it is gorgeously approachable while being very true to style: Tannat is the driving force here, staining the glass with its purple depth and satisfying the taste buds with each sip of its structured style. Stock up for the Holidays!
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    An absolute stunner of a wine that reveals an incredibly concentrated, dark-fruited character with a polished tannic structure. Plum preserves, blackberries and bitter chocolate notes jump out of the glass along with more refined touches of allspice and vanilla. The tannins on this wine are so dialed-in for a wine at this price--you can see exactly where this wine is going with a little age. After I tasted the wine, I went back a few hours later, and the tannins had softened considerably. This is a inky, concentrated wine that shows impressive winemaking skill, and showcases the regional character of Madiran.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Proprietor Alain Brumont has truly revolutionized the region of Madiran so much for the better. Madiran, a region best known for producing wines with jaw-breaking tannic structure, Brumont has perfected the accessibility of the Tannat grape through his strict selection of fruit and winemaking practices. His Chateau Bouscasse property is his original property and it shows all the classic nature of the region with its flavors of melted licorice, menthol, black currants, roasted plums and cocoa husks. It also captures the essential velvety structure of the wines which usually requires years of bottle age to obtain. An amazing follow-up to the past vintages we have carried, the 2012, much like a teenager, is still a little brooding in its youth. Unlike said teenager, the underlying richness and fruit unfold given a little time and air. The palate unfolds with ripe aromatics and the velvety tannins one associates with Tannat and Brumont's particular winemaking style. For certain, you could cellar this for a decade but as we approach the cooler seasons, this would make quite the foil for decadently rich braises and stews.


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