Madiran is a red wine that often gets a bad wrap before anyone really gets a chance to meet it. Its extremely dark colour scares the faint of heart as they pre-judge and equate the dark hue with a strong and overbearing taste. Its dark hue comes from the primary grape used in Madiran, Tannat, which gets its name due its high tannin levels. The truth of the matter is that Madiran wines are quite varied and, as a result, can hardly be pre-judged. The requirement for a wine to be called a Madiran is that at least 40% of it needs to be made from Tannat and should the wine-maker desire to blend it, it can only be blended with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fer.
There is a lot of room for winemaker creativity with Madiran, making it quite possible to find a Madiran for almost every palate.
1907 Madiran 2010 has scents of plum, leather and minerality on the nose. On the palate, you’ll first notice the silky tannins with plum, oak, cassis and cherry flavours. The mouthfeel from this wine is absolutely exquisite, soft and fruit-forward. Don't be deterred by the dark colour, give this one a try and you'll be converted.