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Madiran wines from Chateau Peyros

GREENWICH43N from Chateau PeyrosThe wines of Madiran have had quite a boost since the recent publication of Roger Corder’s book The Wine Diet, but we were importing these wines at Allez Vins! many years ago, But now is not the time to be churlish, and I am delighted that the wines are now being appreciated by a wider audience. Furthermore, more merchants are importing the wines and a wider range of producers is now available on the UK market.
Leon Stolarski Fine Wines were ahead of the game and have been featuring Madiran wines for some time from Chateau Peyros.- bit now the increased demand for these wines means they can offer a wider range of cuvees, covering the range from a lighter, more approachable style through to a full-on blockbuster.
The lighter style is the Chateau Peyosr Tempo 2004, which is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet France and Tannat – and retails at a competitive £6.90.
chateau peyros in Madiran
At the top end is the new Chateau Peyros Greenwich 43N 2001 which is 95% Tannat – “aged in new oak barrels for 20 months. A deep, impenetrable purple core with a dark ruby rim – totally opaque. An intense nose – black and red fruits dominate (cassis, bramble and plum) together with spicy/peppery notes and some well-integrated coffee-infused oak. Immensely rich and full-bodied, with masses of dark fruit flavours, spicy, chocolatey tannins and excellent underlying acidity – well balanced, in a big sort of way. The tannins are undoubtedly winning at the moment, but this is not a wine for the short term. The fruit is multi-layered and concentrated and will definitely come to the fore after a few more years in the cellar. It can be drunk now, but definitely needs rich food to bring the best out of it – something flavoursome and fatty, such as a rib of beef, lamb chops or duck. An excellent wine for the long haul.13.5% abv.
These are wines for food, and often need a little time to come up to temperature and to breathe a little to reveal their true depth and splendour – these are not for the faint-hearted, but with the right food and company they can be glorious!!!
And full marks to Leon Stolarski for stocking such an exciting range of wines.

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