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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Wine Review: Château Peyros Madiran 2014

Madiran is a village in the Haut Béarn region of Gascony, France, that mainly produces wines from the Tannat grape. So we're talking about highly tannic stuff coming out of this village. Wines that chew your steak for you.

Where Château Peyros now sits used to be a convent and the steeple still stands at the top of their slopes. Their wine is a bit different than it's colleagues thanks to it's unique soil for the area and own little microclimate. Not only is it the only vineyard in Madiran that benefits from full southern exposure, but the land is rocky with lots of pebbles and clay. That last part sounds PERFECT for a little bit of Cabernet Franc action, and Château Peyros takes full advantage of that. They have 49 acres of vineyards with 70% of it planted with Tannat and 30% planted with Cabernet Franc.

Their 2014 Madiran is 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc, with the average age of the vines between 40 and 50 years, and it spends a whole year aging in oak barrels (40% new).

Pantera, Cowboys from Hell
Tonight I'm blasting an album I haven't listened to in quite some time; Pantera's Cowboys from Hell. Obviously it's their most famous album and there's a reason for that. I was ten years old when it was released in 1990 and it's aged so well, like it could be released today. A few years later when I was learning to play guitar this album was played aaaaaaloooooot (as well as Nirvana's Bleach and, surprise surprise, hair bands like Poison and Mötley Crüe). If you're in the mood for some classic American metal, give Cowboys from Hell a revisit (or a first listen) while drinking some killer wine via the music selection playlist on my YouTube channel.

The color of the wine is a deep dark cherry red. I try to avoid using the word "bursting" but there's no other way to say it... the nose is bursting with dark fruits and toasty oak. Black cherries, raspberries, raisins. Lavender. There's even a little licorice and leather in there. On the palate it's medium to full bodied with a dusty mouthfeel and a surprisingly salivating acidity that isn't allowed to take over due to its gripping tannin. The flavors get a little sour with tart cherries and cranberries, but there's also plums and chocolate. Then it finishes with that gripping tannin, high acidity, and flavors of plums and chocolate.

Make sure you have some ice water when you're drinking this one because it's going to make you thirsty. For $19 it's a good buy and will serve you well the next time you're sitting down to devour a big old slab of red meat. Horns up!

Price: $19
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was provided free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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