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2016 Château Bouscassé Madiran

SKU #1514041 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Mainly Tannat with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine comes from the home estate of Madiran leader Alain Brumont. The wine balances bold tannins from all three grapes with the power of black fruits, acidity and density. It needs to age and will be ready from 2022. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

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: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2020 | Send Email
One of my favorite wines to cellar are the Chateau Bouscasse wines from Alain Brumont. Of his Madirans, the Bouscasse is polished and supple and one of the more approachable styles of this regional wine. But, with just a few more years of bottle age, it explodes with character. I had this 2016 recently and I loved it. But I opened a 2012 several months ago and it blew my mind! It had so much going on and you'll see that with this 2016 as well. A little patience earns big rewards on most of the wines of Madiran but even on any given night the 2016 will enthrall you with its rich and savory profile. Black-eyed peas and sausage seems about right, whether you drink this now or a few years from now.

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