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, 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 2011 vintage was very contrasted, with a very sunny Spring, almost blistering, and a cool Summer, which slowed down the impressive headstart in the vine’s ripeness.
Type of winemaking : Grapes are hand picked and sorted. Harvest is fully destemmed. 40 days of fermentation and maceration in 500-litre oak vats, with regular punching down of the skin cap at the beginning of fermentation for extraction of colour and tannins.
Type of ageing Malolactic fermentation is followed by 24 months of elevage in the same oak vats. Bottled without filtering.
Tasting notes : Astonishing like always, the GC assembles a great diversity of fragrances with ease: minerality and white pepper, black fruits and camphor, roast aromas and violet. Powerful but not intrusive, the nose already offers high tasting pleasure, promising an interesting development for the years to come. On the palate it’s majestic, generous and tasty, with savoury and spicy tannins and a hint of “saltiness”, conferring a surprising airiness to the wine. A wine to follow for many years…
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 20 years.
Food recommandation : Enjoy this great wine with: grilled beef, an entrecôte, venison stew, cassoulet, foie gras, confit de canard, game, roast poultry, goat’s cheese...
Medals & prices : Guide de la RVF:17/20
Wine Spectator:92 pts
Wine Enthusiast:95 pts
Guide Hachette : 2 étoiles