Chateau du Cedre - Cahors Cedre Heritage 2020 (14% ABV) 750 ml
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While most famously celebrated in Argentina, Malbec has French origins - typically used in smaller percentages in Bordeaux blends. However, Malbec is the star in Cahors - a winegrowing region 100 miles east of BDX. This great example is 70% from limestone plateau (resulting in lighter, fresher Malbec), and 30% from iron/gravelly terraces (which creates a richer denser Malbec). Pascal Verhaeghe and his brother, Jean-Marc, bring a welcome refinement to the wines of picturesque southwest France. No chemicals used on estate since 1992. 91 points Wine Spectator. Voted by Decanter one of the top 10 value estates in France.
Terroir-driven and elegant, from one of the top producers in Cahors. Spicy black fruits, cassis & plums, smoke, violets, dark chocolate, lush with well-integrated tannin and hints of leather on the finish. Enough fruit and structure to pair with almost any meal, from charcuterie to rack of lamb to beef tacos.
region: Cahors, France
Varietal: 95% Malbec, 5% Merlot
style: light to medium bodied red
farming/cellar: certified organic & practicing biodynamic, hand harvested, matured for 18 months (90% concrete and 10% in 2 year old oak barrels)
pairing: with a #9 Sammy from Dépanneur—that's the one with rosemary ham & garlic aioli :)