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Cahors Malbec

 

Winery

Château de Haut-Serre

Appellation

AOP Cahors

Wine Name

Icône

Variety

100% Malbec

Red Wine

Dry

South-West France

Bertrand Vigouroux

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Georges Vigouroux brought Château de Haut-Serre back to life after it had been devasted by Phylloxera in the 1970s. The Estate covers 148 acres of high-elevation clay-rich soils. Californian vintner Paul Hobbs works in collaboration with the family on this label. Château de Haute-Serre honored in 1889 by being placed on a Gala menu in line with the famous Château Margaux and Pommard wines! In Quercy, everything that is precious is black... starting with the local wine, called «the black wine of Cahors» by the English in the Middle Ages. For four generations, this «black wine» has flowed the Vigouroux family’s veins.

Vineyard

The vineyard is located in a naturally sun-filled location in the south-west of France. Vines grow on clay soil slopes at 300 metres high (one of the highest vineyards in the appellation). The canes are pruned long and the vines undergo bud pruning, suckering, removal of side shoots, and bunch thinning. The grapes are entirely hand-picked into small crates. After a preliminary selection of wines from the finest plots, the Icône cuvee is made from a further selection of the best vines from within those plots.

Vinification

The fruit is cold soaked and fermented for 28 days on average. To fine-tune extraction the wine sees meticulous cap management, and the wine is tasted daily to follow its development. It is then aged in new French oak barrels for 24 months. The wines are left to rest for 3-4 weeks after bottling before being sold. Icône wines are a selected blend of the best barrels representing the quintessence of the estate. Production is approximately 3,000 bottles a year, but can be less after barrel ageing when the final blend is made.

Tasting Notes

The wine is near black in color, with purple hues. The nose is composed of vanilla and ripe fruit laced with violet floral aromas. The mouth is soft and elegant, with back fruit and spice flavors. The tannins are structured and provide a long finish.

Food Pairing

Perfect for elaborate dishes with truffles, foie gras or veal. Ageing potential of 20 years.

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