Grapes: Petit Courbu, Petit Manseng
Region: Madiran, France
In 1979, after pursuing greater wine education in Bordeaux, Alain Brumont returned to Bouscasse to claim an inheritance of 17 hectares. He acquired the run-down estate of Chateau Montus in the following year.
Forty years later, as of 2019, Alain owns 350 hectares and rents (with full control) another 250 hectares in the area.
Although he is most known for his incredible Tannat, Alain creates some spectacular whites as well. Focusing relentlessly on experimenting with barrels for 20 years, Château Montus Sec has received the full benefit of these efforts: this wine's special character is due to its vinification and ageing in 600 litre barrels, called demi-muids, made from wooden staves that are more than four centimetres thick. The impact of the wood on the wine is reduced, with a more mellow woodiness, beneficial to the preservation of the fruity aromas, while maintaining a perfect balance.