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Inky dark purple, almost black. Ripe blueberry and spicy oak aromas almost leap from the glass. Big, mouth-filling berry flavors follow the nose, laced up with lemon-squirt acidity and heavy tannins that might overwhelm a less flavorful wine but simply add structure to this one. Delicious now, excellent match with garlicky roast chicken, but it will reward extended cellar time. Importer: Jeffrey M. Davies Signature Selections, West Nyack, N.Y. (Nov. 6, 1997)
Madiran is hardly a household word among most wine lovers, but this robust, ageworthy red from the Armagnac region of far Southwestern France is starting to make a reputation for itself, largely through the efforts of this wine and its sibling, Chateau Montus. Pending its "discovery," it still offers extremely good value; just try to keep your hands off the young wines until it has time to mature.
For more recent notes on some exceptional wines from Southwestern France, see my report on an Oklahoma Dinner with the 'Languedoc Posse'.
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