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 : 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 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% old barrels used once).
Tasting notes : Pure Malbec, this wine from organic grapes is black, dark and powerful. It’s driven by its tannins and dry wood and fruit flavors. For the moment, this serious, structured wine is waiting on the fruit to develop. It’s a complex, spicy, dense wine that shouldn’t be drunk before 2020.
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 15 years.
Medals & prices :
Wine Enthusiast - 94 pts