Madiran Cuvée Charles de Batz, Domaine Berthoumieu, South West, France 2013
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Family-owned since 1850 – award-winning wines
Situated towards the north of the Madiran appellation, Domaine Berthoumieu is a 26 hectare estate converging on the village of Viella. Run by one of the most enthusiastic producers around in the form of Didier Barré, the Domaine has been under the control of the same family since 1850, and produces some of the best and most traditional wines from the appellation.
Didier is a prime example of a winemaker who sees his job as a calling rather than a profession, and it is therefore unsurprising that he has successfully established himself as a producer of some repute. And his wines speak for themselves, his premium Cuvée Charles de Batz rouge won a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge and received the Tannat Trophy. After studying oenology in Bordeaux, Didier altered his methods, introducing the use of more oak in his production process, a trend that has gradually spread across the Madiran appellation, leading to improvements in the quality of wines across the board.