By way of background, opening thoughts: I've reviewed one other tannat-based Madiran region wine, a 2004 that I quite enjoyed.
Original tasting and review : This is Madiran Laplace, France, 2008, finished at 13.5% alcohol, a blend of 80% tannat with 20% cabernet varietals.
In the glass: Medium, dusty, ruby red.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows very slightly rubbery, bright red fruit, with elements that seem to come right from the fermenting grapes. From the aroma, seems like this will be intriguing, layered and bright red.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact dusty and dry with bright red fruit, much as anticipated. Think red raspberries. There is a bright acidity to the finish that erases most of the five years that this wine has been in the bottle.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Like the 2004 Madiran perhaps, additional years in the bottle likely will not hurt and may ultimately drive the rating forward.
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