Chateau Peyros Greenwich 43N 2012 Madiran

(Code: PEYR/43N/12)
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Chateau Peyros Greenwich 43N 2012 Madiran
Region Madiran - north-east of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in new oak barrels for 18 months
Grapes 90% Tannat, 10% Cabernet Franc - vines aged 60+ years
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Beef, lamb, game, duck, cassoulet
Next day 
Best drunk the same day
Drink Now (with food!) or to age and evolve to 2030 and beyond

The name Greenwich 43N takes its name from the prime meridian line, which runs directly through the Chateau Peyros vineyards. A deep, impenetrable purple core with a dark ruby rim - totally opaque. An intense nose - black and red fruits dominate (cassis, bramble and plum) together with spicy/peppery notes and some well-integrated coffee-infused oak. Immensely rich and full-bodied, with masses of dark fruit flavours, spicy, chocolatey tannins and excellent underlying acidity - well balanced, in a big sort of way. The tannins are undoubtedly winning at the moment, but this is a wine for the long term. The fruit is multi-layered and concentrated and will definitely come to the fore after a few more years in the cellar. It can be drunk now, but definitely needs rich food to bring the best out of it - something flavoursome and fatty, such as a rib of beef, lamb chops or duck. An excellent wine for the long haul.