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, while more powerful and dense wines come from soils composed of clay, sand and a large quantity of pebbles.
Grape varieties : 100% Malbec
Climate conditions : The 2009 vintage was very clement with the vine. After a hot and dry summer, the grapes were harvested under a dazzling sun, making for healthy picking conditions.
Type of winemaking : Harvest is sorted in the vineyards and destemmed and crushed when arriving in the cellar. 40 days of maceration with daily punching down of the skin cap at the beginning of fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is done in oak barrels.
Our wines are neither fined nor filtered before bottling.
Type of ageing Barrel aged for 24 months (80% new oak, 20% used once).
Tasting notes : You can’t but taste this pure Malbec in silence. Its bouquet opens up little by little. Scents of smoke on the horizon, slowly covered by sour cherry and increasing flavours of blueberries, cassis and black olives. Oak wood integrates well, adding hints of hazelnut and cocoa, before the vegetable kingdom takes over with mint and violet. Youthfully it dodges around the tongue, overseen by serious and fine tannins, which dominate the long and elegant final. A wine, to be appreciated now, or in 7 years, or 14 years.
Residual sugars <= 2g/l
Under appropriate conditions of use and storage (10/15°C and a hygrometry above 70%), we guarantee the quality of this cuvée for the next 15 years.
Food recommandation : This wine will accompany very well duck stew, grilled beef, venison stew, rabbit with plum sauce, a cassoulet, foie gras etc.
Medals & prices : Wine Spectator (USA) > 92 pts
Wine Enthusiast (USA) > 94 pts
Vinum (All-CH) > 17,5/20
Bettane & Dessauve (Fr) > 15/20
Le Guide de la RVF (Fr) > 17,5/20