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, 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: 90% Malbec, 10% Merlot.
Climate conditions: An excellent vintage. Spring started with nice higher than average temperatures and rather dry conditions. June was exceptionally sunny and allowed a perfect flowering followed by 60mm of rain on June 14 and 15.
Very sunny July and August with just 2 welcomed showers on August 13 and 14 bringing 60mm additional water supply. September also sunny and not too hot allowed for a close to perfect maturation of the grapes. Harvest started on September 24th in excellent conditions.
Perfect sanitary condition, reasonable alcohol degrees, nice acidity, should allow for great balance.
Type of winemaking: Destemming and crushing, 20 days of skin maceration, with punching down of the cap at the beginning of fermentation.
Type of ageing: 70% of the wine is tank aged, 30% barrel aged (2 year old barrels) for 20 months.
Tasting notes: Nice and dense colour with violet hints. Complexe nose of wild berries, liquorice, cherry jam and leather. Spices and black berries join in on the palate, with soft mouth feel and long final.
Food recommandation : Go for roast beef, veal or duck!