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Man’s work


 

Madiran is the tale of two hundred winemakers driven by the same passion: infusing their wine with their generosity, their conviviality, their know-how and their savoir-vivre.
 
Tannat is a temperamental variety of grape; rare, unique and distinct. In order to obtain high quality grapes, impeccable work standards are essential both in the vineyards and in the cellar, requiring regular and meticulous work from the winemaker.
 
The secret of the Madiran appellation lies in the strength of a group of passionate, dedicated men and women, who constantly innovate, challenge and give the best of themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Vineyard work


 

Tannat is a vigorous grape variety, its natural yield easily close to 100 hectolitres per hectare. It is now understood that natural selection is not sufficient. Early on (in the 1980s), thanks to a handful of winemakers, Madiran became one of the first appellations in France to impose yield controls, as well as a good deal of work in the vineyard such as trellis training, leaf thinning and green harvesting in order to guarantee optimum grape maturity.

 

Also, the start of the harvest is subject to the publication of the official harvesting date, agreed upon by representatives of the winemakers and the INAO. The grapes can be picked mechanically but a large number of winemakers privilege hand picking, for qualitative and social reasons.

 

 

  

 

 

 

Cellar work

In the 1990s, confident in the potential of their grape variety, a group of winemakers pursued experiments and adjustments in the cellar. Macerations were prolonged, extractions were gentler and some estates even started using cap punching techniques. Procedures for destemming, crushing, pumping over and tank transfer are all reviewed.

 

Likewise, maturing in oak barrels is also the result of years of research carried out notably by the “Domaines et Châteaux” group, led by oenologist Patrick Ducournau. More than a passing trend, control over barrel maturing reveals all the potential of the grape. Tannat needs time and oxygenation for its rich tannins to evolve properly. This is why today the appellation decree requires the wines to be matured at least until the 15th of October of the year following the harvest.

 

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