Area of production: AOP Cahors
Soil type: 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: An excellent vintage. Spring started with nice higher than average temperatures and rather dry conditions. June was exceptionally sunny and allowed a perfect flowering, while July and August were full of sunshine and some rainfalls at the right moment. Weather conditions in September allowed a close to perfect maturation of the grapes.
Wine making: 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: GC, the king of our vineyards, as always, asks for patience. He remains silent at the beginning, only a few dark aromas escaping from the glass. Then, blackcurrant, cherries, cocoa and violet rise from the wine and mingle with a sensation of freshness, and the sudden intensity and richness of its bouquet let us know that we can expect more. Be patient and prepared as time will open up this bouquet with certainty. The palate is powerful and rich, supported by freshness and a real tannic structure. Present, dense and young, it already carries the promise of longevity and fulfilment, while spices, green pepper and a zest of lemon accompany the long finish. A great wine, wise and complete, which will be at your disposal for many years.
Food pairing: Enjoy this great wine with grilled beef, an entrecote, venison stew, foie gras, duck breast, game...
Resisual sugar ≤ 1g/l
This high class wine may be enjoyed now (after decanting for ½ hour) or cellared for 15 to 20 years (Stored correctly (at 10/15°C and with an air moisture level of at least 70%).
Wine Enthusiast October 2019 : 95/100