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 : 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 : 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 : This wine has sworn eternal fidelity and it sticks to it! Each year, it presents itself with a friendly handshake and a few attentive words. After that, it can’t wait to show off the full range of its ripe and juicy fruits, spices and herbs accompanied by precise tannins, refreshing acidity and a little sweetness. In its youth, it’s an excellent companion for an evening with friends. Over the years, it will develop its talent to refine special culinary moments. No doubt, this wine offers you a sincere and long-term friendship.
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