Area of production : Vin de liqueur
Soil and climate : Soils of clay and limestone
Grape varieties : 100% Malbec
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 : 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.
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 »
Stored correctly (10/15°C and a hygrometry above 70%), this cuvée may be cellared for the next 10 years.