Madiran Cuvée Constance, Domaine Berthoumieu, South West, France 2015
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Family-owned since 1850 – award-winning wines
Domaine Berthoumieu is a 26 hectare estate in the village of Viella, in the north of the Madiran appellation. The wines offer tremendous character and style, recognised among the best in the appellation.
The Domaine has two different plots: one on a pebbly clay plateau to the west of the village facing south towards the Pyrénées, and the other a gravelly slope facing south east to the east of the village. Tannat thrives here; its dark, chewy liquorice character perfectly matching the rich, gutsy cuisine of confit d’oie and magret de canard.
The ‘Constance’ offers a great depth of colour in the glass, almost inky black. Expect earthy scents of blackcurrants, prunes, liquorice and coffee on the nose. The palate possesses complex layers of black fruit flavours with notes of mint and herbs all underpinned by forward tannins and excellent acidity. Excellent with food, particularly cassoulet or coq au vin.