Area of production : AOC 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, 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 : 95% Malbec, 5% Merlot
Climate conditions : According to my brother Jean-Marc, it was "A vintage like a dream"… Something that has become rare in recent years. Spring started cool and wet, suddenly changing its mind just before flowering of the vines, giving us more sun and pleasant temperatures. Ideal weather conditions lasted until autumn, interrupted only by some salutary rainfalls in July and August, while beautiful September allowed the grapes to reach full maturity. Our totally "stress-free" harvest began on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.
Type of winemaking: Three weeks of skin maceration, with punching down of the cap at the beginning of fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in tanks.
Type of ageing: 80% of the wine is tank aged, 20% barrel aged (2 year old barrels) for 16 to 18 months.
Tasting notes : A pure product of Cahors, made of Malbec complemented by some bunches of Merlot. Its upright and welcoming character will tell you a lot about the appellation and its wines. An intense and fresh nose, with blackcurrant, wild pepper and mint.
Food recommandation : A smooth and delicious wine that requires simple and honest food: some grilled vegetables, a creamy polenta with simmered meat, matured cheese ... An enthusiastic wine, full of energy, succulent and welcoming. The ideal guest at your table.
Residual sugars ≤ 2g/l
Stored correctly ( at 10/15°C and with an air moisture level of at least 70%), we guarantee the quality of this cuvée for the next 5 years.
Wine Enthusiast October 2019 : 87 points