Le Cèdre Malbec Vintage 2012

Area of production : Vin de liqueur

Soil and climate : Soils of clay and limestone

Grape varieties : 100% Malbec

Climate conditions : A vintage with exceptional weather. Plentiful rain in spring resulted in difficult flowering and coulure lowering yields. The weather conditions required us to remain alert at all times to successfully contend mildew in our first vintage of certified organic grape production (after three years of conversion to organic farming). The deep rooting of the vines, together with a hot and dry summer finally produced grapes of excellent ripeness. A great amount of work done in the vineyards during the end of August and the beginning of September (leaf thinning and removal of sun burned berries) allowed to harvest healthy and juicy grapes.

Type of winemaking : The grapes for this cuvée are picked late. Neutral spirit is added before completion of the alcoholic fermentation. After pressing off the tank, the wine ages for a year in used 500 litre oak vats.

Tasting notes : A close cousin of Vintage Porto, it has less alcohol (16% vol) and residual sugar (100 gr per liter). It presents a very fruity and complex nose of blackberry, cassis and hints of violet, spices and cocoa. Smooth and velvety on the palate, with a long and fresh final.

Stored correctly(10/15°C and a hygrometry above 70%), this cuvée may be cellared for the next 10 years.

Food recommandation : This wine pairs perfectly with foie gras, blue cheeses and chocolate desserts, but also goes down a treat as an aperitif... « A real grape juice »

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