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!
2013 vintage is a bit different from 2012: it has packed less herbs, less complexity and concentration unfortunately. This red wine is still pleasantly juicy.
Grape varieties: 90% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat
Soil and climate: The vines of Château du Cèdre root in two different types of soil: the terroirs, composed of stony clay and limestone, produce straightforward wines with fine tannins, whereas the more powerful and dense wines come from soils composed of clay, sand and rich in pebbles.
Climate conditions: A vintage with exceptional weather. Plentiful rain in spring resulted in difficult flowering and coulure lowering yields. The weather conditions required us to remain alert at all times to successfully contend mildew in our first vintage of certified organic grape production (after three years of conversion to organic farming). The deep rooting of the vines, together with a hot and dry summer finally produced grapes of excellent ripeness. A great amount of work done in the vineyards during the end of August and the beginning of September (leaf thinning and removal of sun burned berries) allowed to harvest healthy and juicy grapes.
Type of winemaking: Harvest is sorted in the vineyards and destemmed upon arrival in the cellar. 30 days of maceration with daily punching down of the skin cap at the beginning of fermentation. Fermentation temperature does not exceed 28° C. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak barrels.
Type of ageing: Between 20 and 22 months of ripening in new oak as well as in old barrels used once or twice.
Stored correctly (at 10/15°C and a with an air moisture level of at least 70%), producer guarantees the quality of this cuvée for the next 10 years.
Medals & prices: Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts
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