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  • 4. Madiran AC 2014

    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.

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Winemaker
Christine Dupuy, Domaine Labranche-Laffont
Location
Maumusson
Size of domaine
20 hectares
Grape
60% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 45 yr-old vines. 4,000 to 6000 vines per hectare. Vines trained to single guyot. 
Terroir
Silty clay, with some limestone; very sticky heavy yellow clay and clay pebbles. Rolling, gentle hillsides.
Viticulture
Christine both de-buds and green harvests. Ploughs soil in spring and autumn. Grass left to grow 1 row in 2. Sulphur is used to prevent oidium. Applies cow dung compost in the autumn. Hand harvested. 45 hectos per hectare. 
Vinification
Destalk 100%. A two day cold maceration at 12°C followed by fermentation in cement cuve. Mix of indigenous natural yeasts and 522D only if necessary. Pigeage by hand twice a day for about the first 4-5 days. A 20-30 day alcoholic fermentation. The press wine is not added back. No SO2 for 6 months. 2 rackings during 18 months elevage. Unfined but lightly filtered by plaque.
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