Malbec, Château du Cèdre 'Cèdre Héritage'
Malbec from Cahors, Southwest France, France; medium to medium plus bodied and dry, earthy and herbal with subdued black and red fruit, hints of eucalyptus and menthol, dried leaves and leather, subtle notes of black cherry and cassis, with medium acid, and a soft dry finish. Organic
Colluvial limestone; pebble stones with ferruginous red sands and siliceous earth/clay
Numerous passes are made in the vineyard to ensure the perfect health, quality and ripeness of the grapes, and all the work is carried by hand as. 70% of the grapes for Heritage are lighter and finer material from the limestone plateau (the causses), and 30% are richer and denser fruit from the iron-rich gravelly terraces of the Lot River valley. The vines average 25-30 years, and about 85% of the fruit is currently certified organic, with the last grower in conversion.
Manually harvested then sorted in the vineyards, the grapes are macerated for three weeks, with daily punching down at the beginning of co-fermentation. 20% of the wine (the richest selections) aged 16 to 18 months in two year-old French oak barrels.