On the nose blackcurrant, blackberries and graphite. Palate has plums, blackberries, a bunch of spice, with some sweetness at the end. 15% alcohol - a bit of heat is evident, but the body is quite full so it's mostly covered. Tannins still firm. Interesting drinking - only my second tannat ever - quite enjoyable.
Tasted blind after 1.5 hours in decanter. Appearance: Clear, dark ruby with a garnet rim. Nose: Blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice, vanilla, clove spices, smoke. Faint hint of burnt rubber. Some alcohol heat, but not pronounced. Developed / near developed. Palate: Medium acidity, medium(+) flavour intensity, medium(+) body, medium(+) grippy tannins. Dark fruit and spice. Medium(+) finish, with a bright, sweet lift in the back of the mouth. A good, rather powerful wine. This should be drunk around now.
Mr. T's birthday drinks (Kallang): Appearance was clear, medium ruby with some bricking at the rims. Nose was clean, pronounced intensity with complex aromas of smoke, spice, vanilla, licorice, cloves, black fruits, plums, pencil shavings. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium to full bodied, medium to high tannin. Flavours of blackberries, plums, sweet and pungent spices, medium to long finish. Outstanding.
En vertikalprovning med Brumonts Chateau Montus Madiran La Tyre årgång 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 och 2009.
Väldigt mörkt och koncentrerat i färgen. I doften mogen mörk frukt utan några övriga mognadstoner. I smaken mörka söta mogna körsbär, lite svarta vinbär och björnbär, mörk choklad, rostat kaffe. Ett otroligt massivt och kraftfullt vin men med avsevärt mycket silkigare tanniner än 2001:an. Även en längre och finare eftersmak.
Black core with red rim. Deep cassis nose, soft nutty oak, violets. Smooth and very long. Finishes crisply with plenty of fine tannins. Dark flavours of ink, soy and tar decorate a raspberry and cassis core of fruit. Possibly has a slight edge of cooked fruit. Has youthful intensity, not a lot of meaty secondary characters, but probably not going to improve from here.
Dark ruby color edging towards purple. Nose: lavish, cream and glycerin, marshmallow and cassis. Taste: dense and deep, round on the palate. Strong in alcohol, sweet and slightly rough in terms of texture. Cassis, plum, butterscotch, blaccurant, oak is quite vivid. Aftertaste above average length. Overall impressive yet not sofisticated.
Madiran and the Wines of Alain Brumont (Vinothique, Queen's Road, Singapore): 100% Tannat. By far the most expensive, but this was the most modern and my least favourite of the reds. It could really be almost any well-made red wine from anywhere. The nose showed meat and cassis notes, along with a distinct whiff of rubber and glycerin and a oak-laden vanilla / creme brulee / milk chocolate sweetness. The palate was by far the smoothest of the night, also the most extracted. It felt dense but round, with ripe, (relatively) soft and silky tannins wrapped around its cassis, plum and pepper flavours. I got the sense that there was quite an amount of redisual sugar, and also thought that it could have done with a touch more freshness.. It finished decently, with a little more of that rubbery / glycerin flavour. Not a bad drink by any means, just rather anonymous. I am not sure whether it is to do with the wine-making or the vintage, but I would have preferred a little more character in the wine.