Alain Brumont is THE star producer in the South West of France, as shown by what the press say about him:
Andrew Jefford in The New France
"The wines of Château Montus and Château Bouscassé are classified among the ten icons of Southern France, next to Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Petrus, Haut-Brion, Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Yquem."
Steven Spurrier - Decanter
"The wines of Alain Brumont are at the same level as Château Latour and the greatest wines in the world." "Alain Brumont is, in the world of wines 'A bull fighter'".
Montus was a vision purchased in 1979 with 12 hectares and today expanded to 85 hectares. The secret is the terroir. 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. Rows and rows of small and large stainless steel cuves and an enormous barrel cellar. There is a perpetual feeling of drive, experimentation and innovation.
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.