Area of production: Vin de liqueur
Grape varieties: 100% Malbec
Soil type: Soils of clay and limestone
Climate condition: An excellent vintage. Spring started with nice higher than average temperatures and rather dry conditions. June was exceptionally sunny and allowed a perfect flowering, while July and August were full of sunshine and some rainfalls at the right moment. Weather conditions in September allowed a close to perfect maturation of the grapes.
Wine making: 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 (17% vol) and residual sugar (100 gr per litre). It presents a very fruity and complex nose of blackberry, blackcurrent 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 cuvee may be cellared for the next 10 years.
Food pairing: This wine pairs perfectly with foie gras, blue cheese and chocolate desserts, but also goes down a treat for an aperitif... « A real grape juice ».
Residual sugar ≤ 100g/l