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 : Early bud burst announced a precocious vintage last spring. Excellent weather conditions were favourable to flowering, suggesting a good harvest to come. June and July were wet, more because of the number of rainy days than the actual amount of rainfall. Summer finally began in the first days of August and lasted until the end of October, allowing optimum ripeness. After the tense, anxious days of early summer, the harvest turned out to be of great quality and brought a smile back to our faces! Our 2014 wines show high density, crispy freshness and wonderful finesse. A great vintage for sure.
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 ripening in the same oak vats. Bottled without filtering.
Tasting notes : He’s the patriarch of Château du Cèdre, the wise, the Hermit. At least at first glance. Behind his serious colour, his opaque dark fruit and his legendary concentration hides in reality a delicate, flowery core, with a litany of exuberant, exotic spices and an almost creamy, complex structure. Frank in his youth, as far as you dare to speak to him, he prefers however to show off all his virtuosity after several years of rest in a cool, peaceful cellar. A true companion, a shrine full of memories.
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.