Madiran ‘Charles de Batz’ 2013, Domaine Berthoumieu
France / South West
Andy's Tasting Notes
90% Tannat, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
A respected producer who has developed a reputation for taming the natural astringency of the Tannat grape without destroying its unique essential character and flavours.
A robust full-bodied red with hints of hedgerow fruits, spice and cedar. Would be an interesting alternative if you are a fan of Southern Rhone wines like Gigondas or Chateauneuf du Pape.
Must be drunk with rich food!
Winemaker production notes – The 26ha vineyard 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. Hand-harvested grapes are de-stemmed before pressing and the Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon are vinified separately; 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.
Price per bottle £16.50
Domaine Berthoumieu is a small domaine in the village of Viella, in the north of the Madiran appellation. The domaine’s 26 hectares, now run by Claire and Marion Bortolussi, 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.