Montus was a vision purchased in 1979 with 12 hectares and today expanded to 85 hectares. Unlike most of Madiran, the soil at Montus is similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, large pebbles or galets some 20in to 6ft in depth over a clay soil, and the slopes are steep. The grape varieties are 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, planted at 5000 to 8000 vines per hectare, hence low yields and harvesting by hand. The cellar today is a showpiece of which many a Bordeaux Château would be envious. There is a perpetual feeling of drive, experimentation and innovation.
The first Montus comes from 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, total destemming, a 5 week cuvaison and ageing in oak for 12 months, 20% of which are new and 80% one year old.The Montus Prestige is made from 100% Tannat, 100% destemmed and 100% aged in new oak for 14-16 months.
La Tyre is from a remarkable terroir on a steep slope at the highest point of the appellation (260 metres) and planted with 100% Tannat. The grapes are hand picked and left outside for 2 or 3 days. They are brought back to the cellars during the night to benefit from the low temperatures (5º/8ºC) and begin their maceration lasting 3 to 6 weeks.
Aged on its lees in 100% new oak barrels for 14 to 16 months after which there is one single bottling without filtration. This cuvée is only produced in the very best years. The white Château Montus Pacherenc Sec is made from 70% Petit Courbu and 30% Petit Manseng and barrel fermented in demi-muids. This is a stunning wine with great minerality akin to a Grand Cru White Burgundy.
|Château Montus Pacherenc Sec|
|V , VF||Petit Courbu, Petit Manseng|
|Château Montus Madiran|
|Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Château Montus Prestige Madiran|
|Château Montus Pacherenc Sec||V , VF||Petit Courbu, Petit Manseng|
|Château Montus Madiran||Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Château Montus Prestige Madiran||Tannat|