14.50% | FRANCE

A nose of plums, blackberries, spice and hints of vanilla and toasty oak. The palate has plenty of fresh redcurrant and plums with a silky mouth feel, food friendly tannins...
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A nose of plums, blackberries, spice and hints of vanilla and toasty oak. The palate has plenty of fresh redcurrant and plums with a silky mouth feel, food friendly tannins and hints of dark chocolate on the finish.

Domaine Berthoumieu is a small domaine in the village of Viella, in the north of the Madiran appellation. Claire and Marion Bortolussi now manage its 26 hectares are in the heart of the glorious Gascony countryside on stony clay soil, watered by the rain from the Pyrennees. The wines offer tremendous character and style, genuine vins de terroir and some of the best in the appellation. The domaine has two different plots: one on a pebbly clay plateau to the west of the village facing south towards the Pyrenees, and the other a gravelly slope facing south east to the east of the village. Tannat thrives here; its dark, chewy liquorice character perfectly matching the rich, gutsy cuisine of confit d’oie and magret de canard. It is the land of the Musketeers, Charles de Batz who was born in nearby Lupiac, was the original Comte d’Artagnan and gives his name to Berthoumieu’s premium cuvées of Madiran and sweet Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh.

The 26ha vinyard benefits from mild winters and very dry sunny autumns. Soils are a combination of clay-calcareous and clay-siliceous with vines averaging 50 years of age. Yields are restricted to 45 hectoliters per ha. The red wine harvest takes place around the 20th September, and the grapes are hand harvested. Grapes are de-stemmed before pressing and the Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon are vinified seperately; the tannat is macerated for 21 days with daily pumping over, while for the Cabernet the process is a little shorter (12-15 days). Wines are then racked before malo-lactic fermentation starts. Charles de Baatz is blended during the February after harvest and aged for one year in new oak barrels prior to bottling the following Spring.

A wine to partner rich hearty casseroles, cassoulets and belly pork.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon
Country
France
Region
South of France
Vintage
2014
ABV %
14.50%
Organic
No
Vegan
Yes

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