Madiran is a red wine that often gets a bad wrap before anyone really gets a chance to meet it. Its extremely dark colour scares the faint of heart as they pre-judge and equate the dark hue with a strong and overbearing taste. Its dark hue comes from the primary grape used in Madiran, Tannat, which gets its name due its high tannin levels.   The truth of the matter is that Madiran wines are quite varied and, as a result, can hardly be pre-judged. The requirement for a wine to be called a Madiran is that at least 40% of it needs to be made from Tannat and should the wine-maker desire to blend it, it can only be blended with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fer. Despite the blending options, we are now seeing winemakers win awards for their 100% Tannat Madirans.

There is a lot of room for winemaker creativity with Madiran, making it quite possible to find a Madiran for almost every palate.

On colour, the 1907 Madiran 2010 holds a dark eggplant hue. On the nose, scents of plum, leather and minerality are present.  On the palate, you’ll first notice the silky tannins, plum, oak, cassis and cherry.  The mouthfeel from this wine is absolutely exquisite, soft and fruit-forward.

The 1907 Madiran 2010 is a blend made of 80% Tannat, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $18.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.75 out of 5