Chateau d'Aydie and the Laplace family are widely regarded as one of the foremost producers of Madiran wines based in south west France. The estate's founder, Frédéric Laplace, was recognised as one of the pioneer winemakers from the region, among the first to bottle and to sell the wines under his own name when the appellation was created in 1948. Then there were just 50 hectares; today there are 1650 hectares of vines under production. The company is still very much family run: the three grandsons and granddaughter of Frédéric run the estate between them - Francois in charge of the business side; Jean-Luc is in charge of wine-making; Bernard manages the vines; and Marie presides over the office. This juicy blend of Tannat and Syrah is named after one of the Three Musketeers and makes for a great accompaniment to hearty stews and game dishes.
A dark ruby-red in the glass. Scents of raspberry, plum and morello cherry. On the palate, medium-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. The tannins are soft and balanced and the finish is lingering and spicy. Drink with entrecote of steak, roasted squash or a chunk of ripe Brie de Meaux cheese.