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Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011

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  • WS90
750ML / 14% ABV
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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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Chateau du Cedre

Chateau du Cedre

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Chateau du Cedre, France
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Chateau du Cedre is widely regarded as one of Cahors' leading estates, founded in 1956 by Charles Verhaeghe. Today it is run by his two sons, Pascal and Jean-Marc, who have a passion for the Cot (Malbec) grape, and make some of the best wines in the region. Pascal, a mathematician at heart who came to winemaking later in life, is the driving force here. Jean-Marc, Pascal’s brother, also works at the estate and oversees the vineyards/management for their estate bottled wines (Cahors Le Prestige, Cahors Le Cedre, Cahors GC).

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.

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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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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originated in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, appropriately backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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