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2015 Château Bouscassé Madiran

SKU #1447806 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This blend of Tannat with both Cabernets is still young and displaying plenty of firm tannins. Wood aging has added spice to this blackberry-flavored wine, with its rich texture and streak of acidity. It needs to age longer, so drink from 2021. (RV)  (6/2019)

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. The vines are planted on hillsides with yellow and white clay layered over fissured limestone. Bouscassé 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)

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2019 | Send Email
This is one of the most accessible and delicious Madirans that I have had in a long time. It is Madiran, so it is built big, but it is not gnarly. There is lots of dark berry fruit with a very fine almost gravelly earthiness to it. The fruit pops, the palate is rich and full and those Madiran tannins build on the finish. Pair with something hearty, a perfect winter red.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2019 | Send Email
There is so much value in Madiran it's ridiculous. The Bouscasse is a little bloody on the nose, while on the palate there's earth and plum and a tannin profile builds and builds and builds--but stops just short of being too much. It walks right up to the line, maintaining plenty full body and balance while staying pleasant and bold. Totally a great buy. having had these wines going back almost a decade now, they age incredibly well. Throw 12 of these in your cellar and you'll be thrilled a few years down the line.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
Hailing from one of France’s less well-know appellations, the Bouscassé Madiran is the kind of wine that will pave the way for a Madiran popularity contest win. The dominant grape of Madiran is Tannat, long known for its burly and brutish ways. However, when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, suddenly it reminds you of your old friend Bordeaux. This is the perfect wine for winter nights, hard cheeses, and a standing rib roast.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
Wine maestro Alain Brumont revitalized the Madiran region with his home estate of Bouscasse and then Montus shortly thereafter, and when you taste the wine, it is easy to understand why. Traditionally, the wines of Madiran needed years in the bottle to shed their tannic cloak but Brumont's methodology and winemaking practices have brought out the more nuanced and expressive parts of the Tannat grape. The new vintage of Bouscasse is from a riper year which adds density and weight to an already mouthfilling and plush red. Madiran always feels like winter wine with its brooding and robust structure and the Bouscasse is perfectly primed for that thick cut of roasted meat or slow roasted brisket. It is a plush and polished full-bodied red that will warm you up on a cool winter's night.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine shows lots of spice and delicate fruit. On the palate I was expecting the usual Madiran grip but this wine shows real balance and expression, and while it does have tannin it is wonderfully balanced and I fine it is one of the most inviting Madiran I've tried.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2019 | Send Email
Bouscasse's Madiran is one of those sleeper wines for me. Most people aren't looking for Madiran but once you put it into their hands they love it! Tannat is the main grape used. I love this grape and in the right hands it can be just as expressive as Cabernet. As a matter of fact, even more full-bodied, rustic and brambly! Bouscasse is one of those master producers making old-vine expressions with that wonderful tannic backbone. A burst of blackberries and mocha spices fill the glass, the palate is big,bold and beautiful and it finishes with just the right amount of old world leather. A great addition to any holiday meal!

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