The World’s Best Malbecs according to Wine Searcher

7 December 2018

Château du Cedre GC Grande Cuvée Cahors

The lone French drop in a sea of Argentinian wine, Château du Cèdre proudly flies the flag for Cahors, Malbec’s original birthplace. The estate has been specialising in Malbec since 1988, although Merlot and Tannat are also grown. The winery takes inspiration from both Bordeaux and Burgundy, while bringing out the best in the Cahors region. The Grand Cuvée has an aggregated critic score of 93 points and an average price of $77, which makes it by far the best-value wine on this list.

Extract from Wine Searcher
"As we’ve mentioned before, Wine-Searcher’s "Best" is based entirely on the aggregated scores compiled from our pool of critics. We understand wine is subjective and you may not agree with everything on this list but it’s a rough guide and might serve as some inspiration for the silly season."


Guide Bettane et Desseauve 2019

15 November 2018

"The change of style and the evolution of this emblematic estate from Cahors is becoming more and more apparent in the last years. The wines have gained in precision and fruit, without losing in body and structure."


Le Cèdre Cahors 2015 "Coups de Cœur"

9 October 2018

The intense, fruity bouquet announces a wine of great finesse. On the palate, the tannins are aligned to the millimetre, silky and polished by adapted ageing. Blueberries mix with a light leathery fragrance, the long finish, slightly smoky and mineral, extends the pleasure. He is built for many years of cellaring and gastronomy.

Revue du Vin de France - Le Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2019


"Coups de cœur" for the fall - by Laurent Blanchon

5 September 2018

Laurent Blanchon, Chef Sommelier of the three star restaurant of Régis and Jacques Marcon in the Auvergne, presents his "Coup de Cœur" wines for this autumn.

Le Cèdre - Perfect for the season
The quality of this organic wine from the heart of the AOC Cahors, is clearly above the average of the Appellation, due to the exemplary work of the two Verhaeghe brothers Jean-Marc and Pascal. A very fine wine, with a delicate and dense tannin structure. It fits perfectly with autumn.


"Cahors has become again the melting pot of the greatest Malbec wines in the world"

5 September 2018

Château du Cèdre - Le Cèdre 2015
A noble, mature bouquet characterizes the nose. Racy tannins combine with a slightly prominent acidity. The long finish of this wine fated to long cellaring, proclaims a true minerality.

Château du Cèdre - GC 2015
A touch of menthol gives freshness to this powerful and concentrated wine, still a little bit tagged by oak. Very beautiful finish, drawn by sour cherries.

Château du Cèdre - Extra Libre 2016
Leather, liquorice and blackberries show up with much intensity. The powerful fruitiness of this cuvee surprises, even enhanced by hints of gaz. Tannins of great precision and an excellent acidity reinforce the noble character of the wine.

Revue du Vin de France July/August 2018


Michel Bettane announces at Grand Tasting Shanghai that "AOC Cahors could become the new Pomerol in 15 years".

22 June 2018

After having elected Cahors “wine region of the year” in 2016, Michel Bettane wished to make the appelation its guest of honor on June 1st and 2nd at the Grand Tasting Bettane & Desseauve at the Bellagio Hotel in Shanghai. A conference dedicated to the renaissance of the appellation and a tasting commented by Michel Bettane were the highlights of this event bringing together 1,200 Chinese professionals and specifiers who "have often indicated that they prefer the French Malbec from Cahors to that of Argentina, and this for reasons of balance, freshness related to acidity, finesse in tannins, but also style and therefore particular identity.

Important personalities of the Chinese wine industry intervened after Jérémy Arnaud and Michel Bettane to explain that Cahors was an example to follow for the Chinese vineyards!

Extract from an article by MediaLot


Château du Cèdre at Vinisud in Montpellier

5 February 2018

You will find us at the VINISUD fair in Montpellier from February 18th to 20th: Hall 2 - Allée A - Stand 92. We are looking forward to meet you!


Wine Enthusiast is enthusiastic about 2014 vintage

5 February 2018

GC Cahors 2014 (95 points)
With its dense tannins, rich black fruit flavours, acidity and restrained power, it is a major force. Even with all its weight, it’s stylish, complex and ageworthy wine.

Le Cèdre Cahors 2014 (94 points)
Bursting with juicy ripe berry fruit and with firm background tannins. Its great fruitiness is contrasted with the strength of those tannins and with its concentration.

Château du Cèdre 2014 (93 points)
Spicy black-currant aromas on the nose and intense juicy black fruit on the dense palate. The rich, generous layers of fruit perfectly balance the tannins that build up to a harmonious whole.
#57 at Top 100 Wine Enthusiast 2017


New packaging for Le Cèdre Héritage

7 December 2017

Some may have noticed that with the vintage 2015 our Cuvee Le Cèdre Héritage has also changed its packaging: burgundy bottle, new label with a modern, elegant design ... A new appearance, which for us is more in line with the evolution of the wine over the last years: Intense Aromas, light, fine tannins and the fresh, pleasant acidity, typical of Malbec wines from Cahors. A wine for everyone and for every table.


Cèdre Héritage 2015 - a beautiful, typical image of Malbec

29 September 2017

GC Cahors 2014
Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe asked for organic certification in 2012 after having applied the first principles of organic agriculture in 1990. Formerly devoted to lavender cultivation, the estate now cultivates 27 hectares of vines. One of the most important actors of the appellation Cahors.

This prestige wine made from Malbec, fermented and matured for 27 months in new oak barrels, has already won several awards. Despite the long wood ageing, black fruits dominate the bouquet, accompanied by toasty and spicy aromas. Similar flavours complete the full-bodied and well-structured taste on the palate, ending in a long final of roast and brioche aromas and smooth tannins. A well-designed wine.

Cèdre Héritage Cahors 2015 *
The wine paints a beautiful, typical image of the Malbec grape, with soft tannins, round taste and finesse, as well as a beautiful, elegant and fresh finish.

Guide Hachette 2018


Château du Cèdre GC 2014 by Bettane et Desseauve

18 September 2017

"Fantastic, pure fragrance reminiscent of Pinot noir, elegant, juicy and long finish. This Cahors expresses with a lot of finesse."


Cahors GC - Leading light of the year! Guide Hubert 2017/2018

21 July 2017

Château du Cèdre GC 2014
A complex nose of black berries, violet and pepper. Black fruits are dominant. Finesse and strength on the palate, it’s both delicate and powerful, already smooth mouth feel. Pure juice of high quality. With roast beef.

Château du Cèdre Le Cèdre 2014
Roasted raspberries and spicy black fruits, a hint of toastiness. Medium-bodied and fresh with clean and melting fruit. Long fruity finish. Outstanding balance. Try it with a tajine and prunes.


The sulphur free wines Cahors of Château du Cèdre – a role model!

17 July 2017

Cahors Extra Libre Le Cèdre : This wine without added sulphites shows vivid fruit aromas and a juicy taste with a savoury final. A role model!

Revue du Vin de France – Spécial Millésime 2016


Le Cèdre @ Vinexpo Bordeaux

22 May 2017

You will find us together with Accents & Terroirs Hall1 – C 310. We are looking forward to meet you @ VINEXPO BORDEAUX from june 18th till june 21st.


Black wine is back!

12 April 2017

2012 Chateau du Cedre: Expect blackberry, forest floor, ripe dark fruit, cedar, bright acidity and an herbal quality in this wine, which is composed of 90 percent malbec and equal parts of merlot and tannat, and made from vines that are more than 30 years old.

By Chicago Tribune


Great tasting in New York on March 28th!

10 March 2017

Meet Olivier Schoepfer from Accents & Terroirs and our wines at Martine’s annual wine tasting in New York.

Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery, 380 Lafayette Street, New York, from 12pm to 4pm. Please RSVP to rsvp@mwines.com or connecto to Eventbrite to register.

We look forward to seeing you!


Soon a brandy from #Malbec ? The idea starts to gain ground.

10 March 2017

Why shouldn’t there be a larger production of Malbec brandy in Cahors, like it already exists in other wine regions? Some forward-thinking vignerons already walk in this direction. Like for example Pascal Verhaeghe, from Château du Cèdre, who asked Laurent Cazottes to distill brandy from Malbec already years ago (called Marc de GC).

Extract from an article in La Dépêche, February 2017


Château du Cèdre at Pro Wein Düsseldorf

9 March 2017

You will find us at the PRO WEIN fair from March 19. till March 21. together with Accents & Terroirs HALL 12 / B05. We are looking forward to meet you!


Le Cèdre Malbec 2013 - balanced, elegant, powerful

20 December 2016

As usual, this wine has been matured patiently in large barrels and oak tanks for two years. The vintage 2013 is fathfull to its predecessors: an extremely balanced, pure Malbec, with an expressive, elegant bouquet (red and black fruit, spices, menthol and subtle oak flavours), powerful but fine taste and long finish.

Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe started organic farming in the early 1990s. They were certified as organically farming wine estate in 2012. Originally devoted to the lavender culture, the winery now cultivates 27 hectares of vines and is considered as being one of leading producers in Cahors.

Guide Hachette 2017


Le Cèdre - The sulphur-free wines are a true role model

19 December 2016

The sulphur-free wines are a true role model, that should inspire all wineries who want to approach natural wines.
Bettane & Desseauve 2017

Thanks to the sophisticated vineyard management of Jean-Marc and the accurate cellar work of Pascal, Château du Cèdre has been at the top of Cahors since 15 years. Their terroir helps them out, as it can be considered as being one of the highest qualities of the appellation.

Bettane & Desseauve 2017


Pure black, dark and powerful Malbec

19 December 2016

Le Cèdre Cahors 2013: Pure Malbec, this wine from organic grapes is black, dark and powerful. It’s driven by its tannins and dry wood and fruit flavors. For the moment this serious, structured wine is waiting on the fruit to develop. It’s a complex, spicy, dense wine that shouldn’t be drunk before 2020.

Wine Enthusiast - November 2016


Meet a completely free #Cahors! Château du Cèdre Extra Libre 2015, without added sulphites

26 November 2016

Black like a real Cahors, some purple hints are to be seen on the rim of the glass. It has an intense, quite complex nose full of black currants and other ripe fruit, with pleasant herbal notes and spices. Extremely juicy, it reminds of a fresh coulis of red and black fruits in the mouth. And while the wine softly fondles our cheeks, a zesty freshness underlines the precision of the crispy tannins, giving a lot of length to the wine.

A piece of roasted lamb, a few caramelized figs, a spicy and creamy polenta... No culinary restrains in any case! The perfect wine for “Here and Now”, which will, however, come up with some surprises after a few years of quiet rest in the cellar.


THE #CAHORS REVOLUTION!

22 October 2016

"Cahors rediscovers itself, as well as its great diversity of terroirs. There’s a true revolution going on."

"Long-forgotten terroirs are dug up again, causing one surprise after another. People also find new ways for vinification and we should not forget the climate, adding even more dynamics to the whole… Cahors really promises to become a great appellation!"

Jacqueline Friedrich – The world of fine wine - extract from an article in "La Vie Quercynoise"


LE CÈDRE 2012: #27 OF WINE ENTHUSIAST’S TOP 100

21 October 2016

One of the special cuvées from du Cèdre, this impressive wine combines intense black fruit freshness with a powerful structure. It is full of cidity, ripe fruits and a core that is immense.

It deserves considerable aging and certainly should not be drunk before 2020.

Review at TOP 100 Wine Enthusiast 2015
www.winemag.com/buying-guide/chateau-cedre-2012-le-malbec-cahors


CHATEAU DU CÈDRE 2012 BY RM JAMES

18 October 2016

Hints of cedar and vanilla with herby black cherry, damson and elderberry in a sweet vs crunchy profile mix, peppery and earthy edges too; quite elegant with subtle depth...

Fresh and grippy vs spicy berry fruit and light cedar/nutmeg tones, lively and long finish with delicate flavour; aromatic with attractive tannins and the oak’s well done.

CHATEAU DU CÈDRE IN CAHORS
This well-known property is owned by Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe and is found near Vire-sur- Lot, where 27 hectares of rolling vineyards have been run organically for the past four years. This wine is a blend of Malbec (90%), Merlot and Tannat (5% each) and matured in casks for 22 months (one-third new oak).

Extract from the French Wine Touring Guides by Richard Mark James


GUIDE BETTANE ET DESSEAUVE 2016

17 October 2016

The wines: Excellent 2012 vintage, équal to the winerie’s reputation and an example for beautiful Cahors wines.

The 27 hectares of vineyards spread over three different locations on the best soils of the appellation, including the famous “third terraces”. [...] Since 2012, the wines are certified as "organic".


GC 2012 AWARDED BY GUIDE HACHETTE 2016

14 October 2016

The palate shows round and full-bodied texture, supported by silky tannins and fine acidity, leading to a long finish with toasty aromas and eucalyptus...

This frequently award-winning Cuvee is well known to our readers. 100% Malbec, grown on soils of limestone and clay, fermented and aged for two years in large wooden barrels: black, ink-like color, exuberant aromas of black fruits, vanilla and a hint of leather. The palate shows round and full-bodied texture, supported by silky tannins and fine acidity, leading to a long finish with toasty aromas and eucalyptus. A complex, harmonious wine, good for storage. Excellent with duck and truffles.


TANNINS OF SEDUCTIVE VELVETINESS...

29 September 2016

The always-colourful wines, made of ideally ripe, selected grapes, have attained an infrequent level of quality and regularity. Tannins are of seductive velvetiness, and ageing of the wines is done with skills and mastery.

The Cahors 2012 has stared a nice, classic evolution, always conducted by fine tannins. Accurate extraction for the Cèdre 2012, concentrated and long, with smooth tannins. Marked with black fruit and chocolate flavours, GC 2012 asks some years of his ageing to ripen and to fully deliver its fine texture. Le Cèdre Malbec Vintage, crispy and palatable will perfectly match with blue cheese.

From "Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2016" by the Revue du Vin de France.


What do you think of #biodynamics, Pascal?

24 September 2016

"We are not labeled for biodynamic farming, but we apply it in our vineyards. We never claimed the status of being entirely biodynamic, because it’s more comfortable to practice in small areas. However, we try to get as close to it as possible."

Fifteen years ago, people looked at the proponents of biodynamics like they were lunatics. They even seemed to be a little sectarian. But then, step by step things evolved and we realized that there are a lot of things that work relatively well, although we cannot exactly explain why. In practice, we see that the vines are healthier, that the grapes are of better quality: We get to phenolic maturity with less alcohol, plant mortality is decreasing year after year, etc. A whole number of little things tell us we are on the right track.

For the record: We went for organic farming in 1992, when we have learned that our father had fallen ill because of the chemicals. This was the moment we decided that we had to work differently. Today, among all those who work with us in the vineyards, nobody wants to return to the times we used chemicals."

Extract from the article at Vino2Travel


CAHORS VINTAGE 2015 - IT’S A BEAUTY !

19 December 2015

Crops were still healthy towards the end of september, with moderate sugar contents (13.5% vol. on an average) and gave us balanced and mineral wines, full of promises. A vintage with great potential.

Spring began with very mild, even unusually warm temperatures and a rainfall deficit in April and May. An exceptionally sunny June provided perfect conditions for flowering, followed by 60 mm of rain in the middle of the month. The weather remained nice until the longed for rainfalls (without strong thunderstorms) in the middle of August. The vineyards were enjoying perfect health and despite of some rainfalls early September, the grapes ripened under best conditions.

Picking of white grapes began on September 15th, the reds followed on September 24th.


Château du Cèdre #Cahors - one of the leading producers in #CahorsGuide RVF 2016 **

13 October 2015

The always-colourful wines, made of ideally ripe, selected grapes, have attained an infrequent level of quality and regularity. Tannins are of seductive velvetiness, and ageing of the wines is done with skills and mastery.

The Cahors 2012 has stared a nice, classic evolution, always conducted by fine tannins. Accurate extraction for the Cèdre 2012, concentrated and long, with smooth tannins. Marked with black fruit and chocolate flavours, GC 2012 asks some years of his ageing to ripen and to fully deliver its fine texture. Le Cèdre Malbec Vintage, crispy and palatable will perfectly match with blue cheese.

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