27 dollars: Tour Bouscasse 2011, Madiran
NEW ERA WINE SCORES GRAND TOTAL: 71.5 points. Definitely worth a punt. The strong suit of this wine is its mouth-filling warmth and tannins coupled with the mystique of Madiran, in south-west France. Hearty and full-bore. Goes well with a full boar.
Price per bottle: $27
Region: Madiran, France
Grape varieties: Tannat.
Closure: Screwcap, praise the Lord!
Drinking window: Now to 2025
1)Aromatic intensity, up to 5 points.
3 points. Firm presence.
2) Aromatic complexity, up to 5 points.
3 points. Shimmering subtlety.
3)Aromatic attractiveness, up to 20 points.
15 points. Purrs gently.
4)Palate intensity, up to 5 points.
4 points. Bigger than Broadway.
5)"Mouthscape" or "palate complexity", i.e. how much of an interesting experience in the mouth a wine delivers, up to 5 points.
3 points. Solid conservatism.
6)Drinkability, i.e. how much the wine's total taste characteristics leave you thirsting for more, up to 20 points.
15 points. A voluminous mouthful of savoury tannin and tang!
7)The morning-after test, i.e. how this wine looks on the second day after opening and beyond, up to 5 points.
3 points, provisional.
8)Cellarability, up to 10 points.
5 points. Mid term. A wine to drink rather than to keep.
9)Individuality or how distinct the personality of a particular wine is, up to 10 points.
6 points. It’s Tannat and it’s Madiran and there’s a decent serve of individuality in those two sectors.
10) Look, packaging, label, up to 5 points.
3 points. Smartly unoriginal.
11) Environmental credentials, story, philosophy, history, brand weight, up to 10 points.
It’s Madiran made by the King of Madiran, Alan Brumont. 6.5 points.
12) SUBTOTAL: Add together the individual scores from points 1 to 11, above. Subtotal is scored out of 100 possible points.
1 Value-for-money, take SUBTOTAL and divide by price to give X, then multiply X by 2. 2X is the value for money score.
2 The grand total NEWS value for a given wine is the product of SUBTOTAL + the value-for-money score.
Below 70: May have outstanding features but also some drawbacks and I couldn’t recommend it in confidence.
80-89 highly recommended
90+ points: Remarkable wine. Theoretically a score over 100 is possible once the value-for-money factor is taken into account. Something around 105 would be the upper limit of perfection.