laffont madiranMadiran, SW France

$17 / $96.90 / $173.40

Inky black cherry and leather with hints of five spice. This impressive red is a blend of 70% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Christine Dupuy took over her family’s estate in 1992 and lovingly hand harvested Madiran from 50-year-old Tannat vines in France’s Southwest. Majestic and powerful, yet simultaneously smooth and seductive, this wine manages to perfectly balance Madiran’s traditionally rugged style while carrying a modern, approachable finesse. Pair with hearty, slow-cooked meat and bean dishes.