Domaine Berthoumieu Madiran 2013
Very ripe, rich Madiran that takes no prisoners. This wine succeeds in obtaining more fruit than tannin! The color is nearly opaque — wine doesn't get much darker than this. It displays notes of black fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry) along with just a hint of red fruit. There is a cedar-like creaminess to the oak which is extremely well-integrated. Tannins pick up on the finish but, this is Madiran and that is to be expected. These tannins dissolve when the wine is matched with richly flavored meats like leg of lamb, duck, goose or game.