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Domaine Labranche-Laffont

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  • 4. Madiran AC 2014

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    Domaine Labranche-Laffont

    60% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc (14% alc.)

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    Two thirds of Christine Dupuy’s 45 year old vineyards produce this cuve-aged wine whose dense ripe black fruit puts me in mind of good northern spanish reds.  Low yields, optimum maturity for grape picking and a gentle touch when it comes to extraction help to give the wine notable freshness and balance.  For drinking now to 2021.

  • 5. Madiran AC 2014, Vieilles Vignes

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    Domaine Labranche-Laffont

    100% Tannat (14.5% alc.)

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    Old vines means an average age of 50 years (with one small parcel of ‘pre-phylloxera’ vines over 130 years old). The vines are pruned hard to ensure a low yield. Light pigeage is applied during the fermentation in cement cuve before one year in oak barrels (25% new). The wine has a deep blackcurrant colour, offers ripe cassis and liquorice on the nose, intense fruit with a hint of spice on the palate, and a long sustained finish. For drinking now to 2027+.