Area of production : Eau de vie de marc
Soil and climate : The vines of Château du Cèdre root in two different types of soil: The terroirs, composed of stony clay and limestone, give straight wines with fine tannins, whereas more powerful and dense wines derive from soils composed of clay, sand and rich in pebbles.
Grape varieties : 100% Malbec
Climate conditions : 2012 was a vintage with exceptional weather. Plentiful rain in spring resulted in difficult flowering and coulure lowering yields. The weather conditions required us to remain alert at all times to successfully contend mildew in our first vintage of certified organic grape production (after three years of conversion to organic farming). The deep rooting of the vines, together with a hot and dry summer finally produced grapes of excellent ripeness. A great amount of work done in the vineyards during the end of August and the beginning of September (leaf thinning and removal of sun burned berries) allowed to harvest healthy and juicy grapes.
Type of winemaking : This « eau de vie » is made by distilling grape skins of our cuvee GC 2012 (made from 50 to 60 year old Malbec vines). Dual steam distillation has been used and first and last distillates of lower quality have been “cut off”.
Type of ageing : Ageing has been done in tanks to preserve the original purity of the fruit.
Tasting notes : Looking as pure as spring water, this eau-de-vie shows high fruit concentration and intense flowery fragrances, a round and smooth palate and endless fruity length.