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Food Pairings for Tempo Madiran Chateau Peyros
I bought this wine a while ago from Leon Stolarski Wines and I think I paid around a tenner for it.The Madiran AOC was created in 1948,although wine making in the area goes back to at least medieval times,for red wines [white wines from the area come under the Pacherenc AOC] produced around the village of that name about 20 miles north-east of the town of Pau and about 50 miles north of the Spanish border.It is based on the tannant grape,a local grape with a reputation for being extremely tannic and needing a lot of aging,but one which is particularly good at reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.This was the subject of a study by Prof.Roger Corder in his book 'The Wine Diet' in 2006.Chateau Peyros consists of a 17th century building and 20 hectares of vines and was bought by Jean Jacques Lesgourges in 1999.He also owns several other wineries in France. The Tempo is a 50/50 blend of tannant and cabernet franc.Because of the reputation for being extremely tannic I served my bottle with a plate of spicy beef curry and that seemed to work well.It was not as tannic as other Madirans I have had but there was plenty of a blackcurrant,blackberry or cherry like fruit there and there was also a slight spicy taste.Overall I would say this is not a bad bottle.
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