A former "wine producer of the year" from Le Grand Guide des Vins de France, winemaker Alain Brumont crafts some of the best $20 reds in France. Brumont has put the obscure village of Madiran in Gascony back on the wine map, and some of his blends are considered full-bodied styled Bordeaux. For his Chateau Bouscasse 2016, he blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc with Tannat, a varietal native to Southwest France. Aromas of dark cherries and rich spice notes are the hallmarks of Tannat, with structured tannins and an ability to age for 10-20 years. If you're a fan of French reds, this is a must have!
"Mainly Tannat with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine comes from the home estate of Madiran leader Alain Brumont. The wine balances bold tannins from all three grapes with the power of black fruits, acidity and density. It needs to age and will be ready from 2022." The Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points