Freaky Friday, Vol. 3: Chateau Peyros Madiran Tannat/Cab Franc 2015 – Madiran, Southwest France
Welcome to Freaky Friday – where (on Fridays) we feature new, exciting, and different wines that we have available in the shop! Our goal is to feature some unique and “freaky” wines made from lesser known grape varieties, or from lesser known wine making regions, or both!
This Friday our featured wine comes from the lesser know French region of Madiran and is made from a blend of two grapes, Tannat and Cabernet Franc! Located in the Southwest of France between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees mountains, Madiran is most well known for its high quality red wines made from the Tannat grape. This grape produces bold wines with rich color, high levels of tannin, and concentrated black fruit flavors.
In this particular wine from Chateau Peyros, the blending of Cabernet Franc helps to smooth out the bold tannin of the Tannat. It also serves to impart brighter red fruit character like wild strawberry and raspberry that will add a refreshing quality to the wine. Made from a blend of about 60% Tannat and 40% Cab Franc, this wine shows flavors and aromas of black cherry, black currant, and strawberry, with some herbaceous green pepper hints from the Cab Franc. In addition, some savory notes of mushroom arise on the palate from the wines time spent aging in the bottle.
This well-produced wine achieves proper balance due, in part, to the unique location of Chateau Peyros. The vineyards of Chateau Peyros benefit from south facing slopes that gain the maximum exposure to the sun during the growing season. Most vineyard sites in the area are located on east and west facing slopes that do not receive as much sunlight. This gives the wines of Chateau Peyros more concentrated fruit flavors that balance out the high levels of tannin. Additionally, time spent in bottle also helps smooth out the bold and bracing tannin and allows the flavors in the wine to fully integrate. (This also helps to explain why the current vintage is 2015!) Needless to say, this wine is drinking quite excellently now and will only continue to evolve over the next few years. Available now at only $15.99, it is the perfect price if you’d like to try something new without breaking the bank!