Chateau Montus La Tyre Madiran 2009
In 1998, after years of patience, Brumont finally acquired the highly coveted single, south-facing vineyard known as 'La Tyre.' At 260 metres it's now the highest on his estate and is filled with large pudding stones, like those found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhone. Yields are extremely low, only 5-6 bunches per vine and the wine is only released in the best vintages. This exceptional wine is made from 100% Tannat and is aged in 100% new oak 110L barrels for 14-16 months. It's universally regarded as the best that Madiran has to offer.
This is a great wine, inviting both on the nose and palate and insanely deep, dense and concentrated. As I read my notes it's clear I was consumed by the sheer density and texture of this wine. Although beautifully balanced, it has so much power and intensity. An experience you have to try!
Here are a few more coherent opinions:
"Purple black in colour, right out to the rim. Stunning on the nose - very very mineral, hints of violet, delicate layers of soft blueberry and cardamom, jasmine tea and spice. So elegant and pointed. The palate is quite a startling contrast to all this wispy femininity! It grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Massive. Tannins like castle walls. But behind them, the fruit is soaring and sweet with plenty of density, freshness and flawlessly balanced. A touch of meaty rawness on the finish. Huge power. Just give this lots and lots and lots of time." Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 (Written in late 2010).
"We are under the spell of La Tyre, which combines superb quality fruit, and an expanded frame and a dynamic character: it is a great wine…" Revue du Vin de France 18.5/20. The Best wines of France 2012.