Madiran "Petit Torus," Alain Brumont
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Madiran "Petit Torus," Alain Brumont - 2016

Item # 40947 750mL
$12.96/ Single Bottle
$155.52 $139.97/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A fresh and lively side of Tannat. Made from a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that is fermented in concrete and steel tank. Black fruit flavors with fresh acidity and smooth tannins. Unoaked.


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Staff Pick Notes

Rarely do you see a wine this full bodied at a price of $15, let alone $9. Big, spicy, and with lively tannins, firm and chewy in the mouth, a delight with meaty fare. Tannat is the primary grape here, making up 60% of this blend with equal parts of the 2 Cabs, Franc and Sauv. Only red wines can carry the appellation name Madiran, and the Tannat must dominate. A short 2 week maceration on the skins, then aging in concrete tanks, makes for a less tannic wine than the traditional Madiran, but a long lees aging gives this wine a nice texture. Bright and fresh but full and tannic is a tough balance to strike, but Petit Torus does that admirably.

- JGM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California,...

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