Chateau du Cedre 2014
Honest and sincere, fresh and enlivening, tender and generous. A well-stocked fruit basket with plums, cherries and blackberries, enriched by fresh lemon zest and spices, supported by tangy minerality. An inviting wine, an excellent dinner!
Blend: 90% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat
The vineyards of the Chateau du Cedre lie on the Bru hillsides situated on the commune of Vire-sur-Lot. The estate spreads over 25 hectares (61.75 acres) of vineyard land (23 ha of red, 2 ha of white). The area’s traditional varieties are cultivated on the finest wine-growing soils of Cahors. Half is on a terroir locally named "Le Tran,” a deep clay-limestone soil full of stones. The vines' roots can make their way deep between these stones, which play also a role in the hydric and thermic regulation. The other terroir (thus the second half of the estate) is mainly composed of pebbles mixed with reddish iron-bearing sands on top, and mixed with clay and flint in the sub-soil.
Within the Southwest of France, this is the one region outside of Argentina that is today almost exclusively dependent on Malbec. Locally the variety is called Cot, and makes a dense, earthy and black fruit dominant red wine. Both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean both have a strong influence on the climate of this region.
Celebrated for its bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec has enjoyed runaway success in Argentina since the late 20th century. The grape originated in Bordeaux, France, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. A French agronomist, who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. Somm Secret—If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet with its combination of dense fruit and soft tannins.