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Château Montus (375ml), 2006, Montus Rouge Madiran

Red, Old World, Madiran from the South West of France

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Full, smooth with good fruit and tannins; elegant. Excellent with red meats with some fat; rib of beef, rack of lamb, duck. And also with dark chocolate.

Why we recommend this wine
We have ordered Montus on several occasions on our French wine tours when not in a major wine region and always enjoyed it. So when a customer asked us if we could get some of the 2006 as he had really enjoyed it in a Paris restaurant we were onto e-mail straight away.

The wine
A blend of Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon from 30 year-old vines. We first came across Tannat in Uruguay where we found it to be the perfect accompaniment to assado, or barbecue, where the slightly charred meat was a match for the serious tannins. This is substantially less tannic but still no push over.

The wine estate
Chateau Montus is legendary in this part of the world where the owner, Alain Brumont, made some seriously good, convention breaking wine that grabbed the attention of the wine world in the mid-eighties. They follow a “Nurture nature” approach eschewing the use of pesticides and encouraging the growth of natural habitat in the vineyards.

Food and wine
Excellent with red meats with some fat; rib of beef, rack of lamb, duck breast. And also with dark chocolate. Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
Tannat-based wines are considered to be at the heart of the ‘French paradox’ - a catchphrase, first used in the late 1980s, which summarizes the apparently paradoxical epidemiological observation that French people have a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD), while having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats. The high fat content of the South-Western diet (lots of duck and foie gras) is, it seems, countered by the high procyanidin content, the polyphenol that has been identified as being responsible for this paradox. (Tannat has higher procyanidin than any other variety. Other wines that are also high are Malbec from Argentina and Zinfandel from California). Dr Corder (see Roger Corder's The Wine Diet) recommends around half a bottle for men and a third for women to be consumed daily with food.

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