Ce vin d’Alain Brumont, producteur bien connu dans Madiran ne semble pas souffrir de l’âge. Au contraire, ce millésime 99 place le tannat sous son meilleur jour avec sa robe presque opaque et ses parfums généreux de café, pain grillé, violette, cuir et poivre noir. Bien structuré et équilibré la bouche fournit également des saveurs gourmandes avec amplitude. Le tout culmine avec une finale en longueur.
Dark red towards black. Nose with Bdx earth, a bit of Brett and apples. Astonishing! Taste is Bdx-typical like the better reds of yore. Tannic M+++ with mature tannins. Superbly intense with cassis and small notes of sumi ink. Long finish with a fine wood treatment and toast. Well integrated, still maturing wine that with some more layers would go further up the points' scale. Wife: 93p No more btls, but looking! This wine has many more years to go and grow. Wow!
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(Château Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige) Black red violet with cherry red meniscus; very tight at first, opening to ripe plum and black fruit nose and cassis, like a plush Napa Cab, then changed, after 2+ hours, to more of a tart meaty nose; initially showed rich, concentrated, ripe plum, black fruit and cassis palate with minerality and elegant iron notes; after 2+ hours, tart red fruit and beef jus came out to join the black fruit; long finish 94+ pts. (drank the bottle by myself throughout a 7-course truffle themed meal at Restaurant Robert Rodriguez in Carcassonne)
(Chateau Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige) Deep, intense colour, right out to the rim. Smoky, smouldering charcoal nose, laid over with a meaty, animalistic aroma. A very firm presence on the palate; full, rich in dark cherry fruit, although revealed only with persuasion. This wine needs time, another five years I suspect, to relax and yield these flavours more readily. A very dry, tannic structure, but there is good balance. Very good indeed.
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