Geography: wines made around the village of Madiran in the Gascony area of south-west France. Around 100km from the Atlantic Ocean – and 50km’s from the Pyrenees mountain range. Significant rainfall in winter and spring, but long, dry, hot summers are ideal for ripening vines. Madiran AOP wines must be aged for 12 months before being able to be presented for approval
Regions: 2 AOP’s: ‘Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh’for red wines and ‘Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec’ for white wines. Madiran wines are produced across 3 départments – Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Production area as of 2015 making up approximately 1500 hectares of vineyards.
Grape varieties: Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fer Servadou.
Style of wines: rich red wine styles typically dark purple to black colour, aromas of red and black berries (blackcurrant, blackberries), dried spices, confident tannin structure, powerful on the palate, with relatively high acidity and pronounced typicity.