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2009 Chateau Bouscassé "Argile Rouge" Madiran

SKU #1298636 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This comes from a parcel of red clay that is not found elsewhere in the region. It gives a powerful and hugely dense wine that boasts good concentration and ripe black fruits. There is no sense of any aging yet on this impressive wine with its acidity and opulent ripeness still intact. Drink now, although the wine will age for many years, certainly until 2025. (RV)  (11/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This sinewy red shows a savory side of cigar box and fresh leather weaving through the dried red berry and fruit bread flavors. Rich accents of bitter chocolate and espresso marry on the tangy finish. Offers full, supple tannins. Drink now through 2025. (GS)  (11/2016)

K&L Notes

Alain Brumont is one of the stars of Madiran. In 1979 he inherited his father's estate, Château Bouscassé. 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. Bouscassé represents the most open and polished wine from Alain's holdings. Most of the vines are planted on hillsides with yellow and white clay layered over fissured limestone. The "Argile Rouge" is unique, though, planted on a rare red clay soil for which the wine is named. The wine is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Fer Servadou from this parcel planted over 40 years ago. It is matured in barrels with 30 to 50% new oak depending on vintage. The "Argile Rouge" is loaded with roasted plum and currant confiture with beautiful polished tannins. It is a sultry rich Madiran just entering its drinking window making it a real pleasure for the here and now. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
There is something truly intriguing about Madiran. The powerful structure of the wines is not for the faint of heart. The weight and richness often lead you down a path that at times feels dark and foreboding. But isn't that what builds intrigue? Vigneron Alain Brumont always takes us on a journey with his wines making some of the most successful wines from the region. Originally having no interest in winemaking, Brumont inherited his first vineyard, Chateau Bouscasse, from his father. Alain educated himself in all things Madiran and became one of its biggest advocates in the market illuminating the qualities of the wines and producing most of them in an approachable style. The "Argile Rouge" is special because it is a single parcel planted on red clay, a soil type very rare in the region. This soil creates what they refer to as the "gentle Madiran." That is the case here as the "Argile Rouge" has the polished tannins and supple mouthfeel of a much more aged wine. Sultry notes of smoked alder, graphite minerality, sweet currants and roasted plums lead to a smooth and balanced wine that should charm those that are already fans of the region as well as making many new fans for its polished richness. Like many Madiran, this has the potential for a little bottle aging, but being a 2009 the wine is showing so much of its beautiful potential now.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
For those of you who love bold, full-bodied, dark-fruited wines at a great price point, this is one not to miss! This Madiran from a stellar vintage is perfectly aged, with soft, black plum fruit, well-integrated tannin, and lovely savory, earthy notes on the finish. Madiran may have a reputation for being aggressive and overly tannic, but here is a perfect example of why that stereotype is outmoded. Here is a lovely, silky, smooth and perfectly developed bottle whose tannin is quite well placed, and merely adds to the overall power of the wine.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2017 | Send Email
I have always had a soft spot for Madiran , and the 2009 Bouscasse absolutely reaffirms it for me. This dense, rich wine with its dark color, delivers generous aromatics of cassis, cigar box, along with a very attractive floral note, and crushed stones. It does have an elegant woodsy/ oak note as well. It is a very balanced wine, that will age beautifully for many years. Indeed this is a great opportunity to put some Madiran away, because it is almost impossible to find aged Madiran this side of the Atlantic.

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