Gascony, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains, is home to vineyards with real character, just like the men who cultivate them. Alain Brumont is the leader here. He was a pioneer in Madiran and Côtes de Gascogne wines, bringing them to rank with the world’s best. The Brumont wines benefit now from an international recognition and remain at a very good value for money. Alain purchased Château Montus to create the wine of his dreams. Inventive, a tireless builder, and possessing a good bit of sheer nerve, he had constructed his first underground cellars at Bouscassé in 1988, then the new Château Montus cellars in 1995. By 2003, the chateau had been renovated to receive seminars and special events. This wine has an atypical, generous character, with good volume and depth, and subtle, complex fruit . A rich, opulent wine. In some years, it has complex balsamic, tar and cocoa aromas. Great aging potential. 

94 points Wine Enthusiast 2012 Vintage

The wine comes from the grand showpiece estate of Madiran. A blend that is dominated by Tannat produces a wine that is still so young. Bold fruits and firm tannins are right to the fore, along with acidity and a strong mineral texture. It’s a powerful and impressive wine that also manages elegance as well. The wine will take several more years to soften. Drink from 2020.

Wine Enthusiast publication 1 July 2017