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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
2005 Jacque Maumus (Vigneron Independant) Cuvé de l’Ange Madiran 13%, bought in France. ***
Colour: Dense purple- red.
Nose: Black fruits
Palate: Distinctive; dry for sure but not as dry as might be expected with all that Tannat but it is well balanced with earthy black fruit, plum mainly, echoes of mint and sour cherry. Smooth and full bodied and well structured, with a long finish, it matched quite well with Lamb Liver Stroganoff.
Madiran, made with at least 40% Tannat (I’ve read somewhere that this is good for your blood pressure!) , is produced in the south west of France in an area facing the Pyrénées .
This 2005 is one of the vintages recommended locally and the wine they say goes well with local dishes like Cassoulet, Roasted duck, Duck or goose confit and local cheeses such as Roquefort, Bleu d'Auvergne, Ossau Iraty and Chaumes.