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DOMAINE SERGENT
MADIRAN Rouge (Red)

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Ownership & history:

Domaine Sergent belongs to the Dousseau family. For the last ten years, it has been run by sisters Brigitte and Corinne. In addition to making wine, they also produce a variety of local duck-based specialties: foie gras, magret etc.

Vineyard & location:

The estate is in the village of Maumusson in the South-West part of France facing the Pyrennées Mountains; where the sisters make wine under two appellations: Madiran for the reds, Pacherenc de Vic-Bilh for the whites (sweet and dry). The vines stretch across 19.5 ha of south-facing slopes and are on average 35 years old.

Harvest, vinification & ageing:

For the 'Cuvée Tradition', the grapes are picked by hand. All the stems are removed before crushing to avoid any green notes. Prior to malolactic fermentation, some micro-oxygenation is carried out, and the 'malo' itself takes place in cement vats. During the ageing process, the wine is regularly pumped over. The final stages are a light fining and a very gentle filtration at the time of bottling.

Tasting:

The dominant presence of the Tannat is clearly felt in this wine. It oozes black fruit and liquorice and has a powerful structure with some nice tannins. There is enough fruit to drink this wine when young, although it can be laid down for a great many years. In terms of food pairing, obviously the ideal thing is duck from the same farm, but failing that, it goes well with any red meat and most cheeses, blue in particular.

Vintage :

2012

Blend:

70% Tannat
20% Cabernet Franc
10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellaring potential:

10+ years