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Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011

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  • WS90
750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Both powerful and elegant, with hints of smoke, tobacco and sweet spices, like cinnamon and star anise, and lots of ripe, black fruit. Great tannin structure, dense and delicious, wrapped into mellowness and carried by straight, mineral acidity. Impressively balanced, velvety and persistent.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
One of the finest wines to come out of Cahors, this is so stylish. Of course, it has power, intense fruit and acidity. At the same time, balanced richness allied to solid tannins and ripe black fruits single it out. It needs considerable aging to soften the tannins that are still so exuberant. Drink from 2018. Cellar Selection.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
A blend of fruit off two different soils, one sandy clay, the other stony clay and limestone, this is aged for 14 months in a mix of new and one-year-old barrels. A showy Cahors, generous in sweet, purple flavor, this needs time in the cellar, or at least an hour in a decanter—with air, the savory gaminess and ferrous minerality that support the fruit gain prominence.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Offers an intensely spicy aroma, with ripe, dense flavors of dark plum, black olive and fig, supported by ample tannins. Well-oaked, featuring a finish that oozes with hints of chocolate mousse and paprika. Drink now through 2020.
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Brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe bring a welcome refinement to the wines of picturesque Cahors, located about an hour and a half east of Bordeaux. The Verhaeghe vineyards were founded in the 1950s by Léon Verhaeghe, who had moved to the Lot region from his native Belgium a few years previously. His son Charles began making wines at Château du Cèdre in the 1970s and was a pioneer in that he planted vines on the poor stony soils of the Cahors appellation, at a time when most wines were mass produced. Since 1988, third-generation Pascal and Jean-Marc have continued in the same vein, perfecting the approach with their meticulous work in the vineyard and the cellar.

In 2000, the use of herbicides and chemicals was banned, and the estate was certified organic in 2012. Cahors wines are made predominantly from Malbec and are known for being powerful, rich, and dark. Pascal and Jean-Marc build on these terroir-driven qualities to produce highly polished and remarkably balanced wines, utilizing long aging periods in oak barrels and 57HL casks. These wines are quite approachable when young and also age exceptionally well.

Their meticulous approach and time-honored tradition produces wines that are focused and concentrated, long and elegant, truly capturing the beautiful Lot terroir. Today, the fourth generation, Pascal’s sons Jules and Robin, have joined the family estate, bringing a new momentum for the future.

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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.

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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.

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