Chateau Peyros Madiran 2009
I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, my dear readers! The hubs and I did a lot of projects around the house and relaxed in the evening by drinking some interesting wines
after drinking beer all afternoon. One of the most notable was this Madiran.
Madiran is an appellation in Southwest France (not too far from Bordeaux) and red wines are predominantly made with Tannat, which is a grape I had only recently heard of and it is notoriously super tannic. Tannins give you the mouth drying sensation when you drink wine and it comes from the skins, seeds, and stems of grapes and oak aging imparts some soft tannins as well. All red wines will have tannin because they are fermented with their skins, which give the wine its red color. The majority of white wines do not have tannin because the juice is separated from its skins immediately. However, as with many things in the wine world, there are exceptions. Some white wines are fermented with their skins, which adds, body, texture, complexity, and you guessed it - tannin! Whites that are oak aged will also have a small amount of tannin.
The Chateau Peyros Madiran is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc. On both the nose and palate it showed notes of blueberry, black plum, wild raspberry and blackberry, mint, cocoa powder, and it was the slightest bit tarry on the nose. The acidity was lively, which complemented the wild berry flavors and it had very high levels of chewy tannins. It was rustic, robust, and just delicious. It's not for everyone or for every occasion because of the really high tannins and the wild flavors, but it's really unique and definitely worth trying. I plan on cellaring a few bottles myself!
Chateau Peyros Madiran 2009: Thumbs up. So good! Be adventurous and try this one. $15.99