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, 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 : 2013 was a tricky vintage. After a rather cold Winter, which is usually a good sign, Spring was cool and wet, with heavy rainfall. The second week of June was very warm, but the rain and the cold which followed hampered grape fertilisation (flower abortion). However, the warm Summer months made for perfect conditions for grape maturation.
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 : Although there is a little Merlot and Tannat in the wine, it is 90% Malbec. Still firmly tannic, it is concentrated and spicy. It has a dark dry texture that is lifted by ripe blackberry fruit. With acidity cutting right through, the wine is nowhere near ready to drink. Wait until 2019.
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.
Medals & prices :
Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts