In the glass, the Madiran Tradition has a dark purple color, almost black at the center, with flashes of garnet just at the edge. The nose unfurls gradually, with aromas of sun-warmed blackberries, cassis liqueur, wood smoke, and fresh white tobacco moving in and out of the background, adding fleeting suggestions of black licorice, cardamom pods, birch bark, and cloves, as the wine evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, and juicy; yet sinewy, without an ounce of fat. And the flavors echo the nose, expressing the unmistakable terroir of Madiran – with juicy, juicy blackberries, prune plums and tea leaves. Sleek ripe tannins frame the mineral-laced flavors, which are carried through a long persistent finish by the beautifully integrated fresh-berry acidity.
About this wine producer: In 1952, Alain Bortolussi's grandfather purchased the seventeenth-century château and the surrounding 25 hectares of vines, which had just been classified under AOC regulations as Madiran. Over the next thirty-five years, these gentle slopes of gravel and clay were carefully replanted with the best clones of Tannat and Cabernet Franc, and the winery was gradually modernized. Alain, who is the first to bottle the wine at the estate, took charge in 1991.