Madiran wine, most fittingly, comes from a village called Madiran, which is located in Gascony, France. Madiran wines have been traditionally classed as being high in tannins and best aged, but more recently, wine producers have been testing different methods making the wine softer in its younger days. From my personal tastes and experience, the Madiran wines I’ve tried over the past three years have been some of the best I’ve partaken in, so much so that is has found itself on my list of comfort red wines. The recent developments in producing Madiran wine has some in the industry likening it to Bordeaux style wines. By AOC designation and law, a Madiran wine must consist of 60% to 80% Tannat grapes and the rest a choice of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and the obscure Fer Souvradeu. The Madiran wine covered in this post is from Famille Laplace at Château d’Aydie and is called Aydie l’Origine Madiran 2012.  This wine consists of 70% Tannat grape and 30% Cabernet Franc.

On colour, Aydie l’Origine Madiran 2012 holds a deep eggplant hue, largely because of the Tannat grape. On the nose, an abundance of fruit consisting of strawberry, and cherry, coupled with vanilla is present. On the palate, plum, blackberry, well-rounded tannins and vanilla are noted.

Aydie l’Origine Madiran 2012 is not only a great wine but an affordable buy at that. We highly encourage you to add this Madiran to your ‘try’ list.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $14.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5.