The 2001 Berthomieu Cuvée Charles de Batz Madiran was an unusual but excellent pairing with Cauliflower and Stilton Soup. Both members of this pair are usually associated otherwise: Madiran with rare steak and Stilton with Port. The savory richness of the soup was perfectly offset by the chewy soft opulent tannins in the wine. This traditional Madiran - made from 90% Tannat – was inky black purple/ruby with aromas of Christmas pudding, black currant, black cherry, strawberry cedar and menthol and rich black cherry, smoke and licorice on the palate. Its long finish was interrupted by a rasp of tannins on the tongue and would have benefited from a few more years in the cellar.