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, 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 : 90% Malbec, 5% Merlot - 5% Tannat
Climate conditions : 2010 has been a diversified vintage with a beautiful spring then a rainy June, followed by a sunny August, tempered by cool nights preserving the fruits’ freshness
Type of winemaking : Harvest is sorted in the vineyards and destemmed upon arrival in the cellar. 30 days of maceration with daily punching down of the skin cap at the beginning of fermentation. Fermentation temperature does not exceed 28° C. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak barrels.
Type of ageing Between 20 and 22 months of ripening in new oak as well as in old barrels used once or twice.
Tasting notes : Dense colour, fine aromatic quality, lovely black fruits concentration with subtle oak influence and very juicy fresh succulent red and black fruit and mulberry quality with a fine blade of damsony freshness on the finish and really nicely judged fine-grained tannins that help keep the wine in good proportion. Not a blockbuster but a very drinkable and moreish style. (Comment by Anthony Rose).
Residual sugars <= 2g/l
Stored correctly (at 10/15°C and a with an air moisture level of at least 70%), we guarantee the quality of this cuvée for the next 10 years.
Food recommandation : This wine has great aromatic strength and pairs perfectly with local dishes: magret, confit, cassoulet...
Medals & prices : Tom Canagan : 90-91/100
Vinum : 16 pts
RVF Chine : 14,5/20