Le Cèdre 2008
Area of production : AOP Cahors
Soil and climate : The vines of Château du Cèdre root in two different types of soil: the terroirs, composed of stony clay and limestone, produce straightforward wines with fine tannins, whereas the more powerful and dense wines come from soils composed of clay, sand and rich in pebbles.
Grape varieties : 100% Malbec
Climate conditions : 2008 was as rainy as 2007, but the grapes were more resistant to humidity and disease. Thus, the wines are better structured and fruitier than in 2007.
Type of winemaking : Harvest is sorted in the vineyards and destemmed and crushed upon arrival in the cellar. 40 days maceration with daily punching down of the skin cap. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak barrels (80% new oak, 20% barrels used once).Type of ageing Barrel aged for 22 months (80% new oak, 20% barrels used once).
Tasting notes :
Intense red colour. Lots of red and black fruit on the nose, intense and
Long and soft on the palate with great fruit intensity and lots of freshness and minerality.
Stored correctly (10/15°C and a with an air moisture level of at least 70%), this wine may be cellared for the next 15 years.
Food recommandation : Le Cèdre is a supple wine, and will pair perfectly with duck stew, grilled beef, venison stew, rabbit with plums, cassoulet, confit, roast poultry, cheese...
Medals & prices :
Guide Hachette: 1 star
Guide de la RVF: 17/20
Bettane & Dessauve: 15/20
Gilbert & Gaillard: 91 pts
Wine Enthusiast: 94 pts