Variety: 100% Tannat
Country, Region: France, South West France
“We are under the spell of La Tyre, which combines superb quality fruit, and an expanded frame and a dynamic character: it is a great wine ... " 18.5/20 La Revue du Vin de France – The Best Wines of France 2012
“Brumont has pioneered single-vineyard Madiran with the hugely successful La Tyre.” Andrew Jefford Decanter.com
This wine is only released in the very best vintages and hails from a single vineyard, the highest south facing site on the estate. The vineyard is very steep (parts at 40%), receives long sunshine hours and gentle winds from the West. The soil is layered and comprises large pudding stones and reddish clay. There is a staggering 7800 vines/ha producing a “bonsai” effect on the vines. Coupled with three “green harvests” the vines yield a tiny total of just 10hl/ha with only 5-6 bunches per vine.
'Others were there before him, but it was Alain Brumont who put Madiran on the wine map. He left the family domaine at Boucasse in 1980, dissatisfied by his fathers lack of ambition for quality, and set up on his own. In a mere 20 years, Brumont has succeeded by a combination of breathtaking chutzpah and brilliant winemaking in creating the largest fine wine domaine in the south-west and establishing without a doubt that Tannat is a first division quality grape variety. The basic Bouscasse (70 percent Tannat) and Montus (80 percent Tannat) are matured in 50% new wood, and are very fine. The better cuvees, both 100% Tannat and aged in new wood, are brilliant.' Clive Coates, The Wines and Domaines of France
The appellations of Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl co-exist in the alluvial foothills of the Pyrenees and are located 160 kms almost directly south of Bordeaux. Madiran is the appellation for red wines with the main red wine grape variety being Tannat which is often blended with a little Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc or Fer-Servadou. Tannat retains very good natural acidity and produces very deep and rich wines with remarkable structure and in skilled hands it reveals wines of amazing depth, complexity and concentration of flavour which with age become supple with round textures and fine tannins. These wines can age superbly.