Pronounced Mah-dee-rahn. An appellation in the Languedoc region of France. Although a small appellation, it is well known for producing robust, age worthy red wines. The surrounding region produces only white wine.
Blends: The dominant varietal in a Madiran blend is Tannat. Other varietals may include: Cabernet Franc (Bouchy), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinenc.
Characteristics: The Tannat varietal is generally tannic and rough, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are traditionally used to soften these characteristics and create balance. Though it tends to be slightly astringent when young, when bottled for 2-3 years the tannins soften and it develops aromas of spice and toasted bread. The red wines from this appellation are well known for being robust.
White wines from the Madiran appellation are labeled Pacherenc du Vic Bilh ac. They can be either dry or sweet and possess powerful, rich, complex aromas of almond and exotic fruit.
Ageing: Tend to fully develop after 4 to 8 years but some are still pleasing when drunk young. Dry Pacherene du Vic Bilh is best drunk young, the sweet style is best when aged. Red Madiran and white sweet Madiran styles have the ability to age 10+ years.
Serving temperature: Red versions of Madiran should be served at a temperature of 59-61º F. White versions of Madiran should be served at a temperature of 46-47º F.
Food pairings: Red versions of Madiran accompany red meats, dishes with Béarnaise sauce, game, duck, and cheese. The dry, white version of Madiran accompany shellfish and fish. The sweet, white version of Madiran is the perfect aperitif and also pairs well with foie gras, and fish covered in rich sauce.