Area of production: AOP Cahors
Soil type: The vines of Château du Cèdre root in two different types of soil: The first terroir, 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: According to my brother Jean-Marc, it was "A vintage like a dream"… Something that has become rare in recent years. Spring started cool and wet, suddenly changing its mind just before flowering of the vines, giving us more sun and pleasant temperatures. Ideal weather conditions lasted until autumn, interrupted only by some salutary rainfalls in July and August, while beautiful September allowed the grapes to reach full maturity. Our totally "stress-free" harvest began on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.
Wine making: 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% aok tanks, 20% old barrels used once).
Tasting notes: The Queen of Château du Cèdre draws all attention, catching all eyes. As always ... And she makes no effort to hide her assets, quite on the contrary. An exploding bouquet , charming the taster with ripe fruit, oriental spices and the rich scent of lilies. Opulence and elegance dominate the palate with fluid and precise movements, a radiant freshness, lace tannins, nougat and elderberry adding a lot of charm. Young and brilliant, promised to a beautiful and long life.
Food pairings: Le Cèdre is a supple wine, and will perfectly pair with duck stew, grilled beef, venison stew, rabbit with plums, roast poultry, cheese...
Residual sugar < 1 g
Stored correctly (10/15°C and a with an air moisture level of at least 70%), this wine may be cellared for the next 15 years.
Wine Enthusiast October 2019 : 94/100
Guide RVF des Meilleurs Vins de France 2020 : 17 - coup de cœur