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.