Madiran - Les Bons Crus D'Artagnan : facts and figures
The Madiran AOP wine area has been awarded Vignobles & Découvertes certification under the name "Les Bons Crus D'Artagnan".
- Location: départements of Gers, Hautes Pyrénées and Pyrénées Atlantiques.
- Surface area: 1,300 hectares.
- Main village: Madiran.
- Origin: the vineyard was planted by the Romans and its reputation was spread by the pilgrims travelling through the area on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
- Grape varieties: the authentically local tannat is the main variety, followed by fer servadou, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.
- Type of wine: red.
- Tasting notes: these are wines that can be kept for a long time: powerfully robust, meaty and long in the mouth, whose tannins become rounder and more delicate with time.
- Countryside and terroirs: harmonious hills and folds form a prelude to the Pyrenees, which create a magnificent backdrop. The micro-climate here means that oaks rub shoulders with palm trees, with little ridge-top roads providing one panorama after another.
- Distinctive characteristics: Madiran is sold only after a minimum of 12 months' ageing.
- Quality certification: Previously an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) from 1948, this wine area is now an AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée – Protected Designation of Origin, or PDO) under the new European system.
- More information : www.madiran-story.fr