Chateau du Cedre

Chateau du Cedre (Bio-Dynamic): Cahors (south-west France)

Château du Cèdre is widely regarded as the leading estate in Cahors. Most of Chateau du Cedre’s vineyards are located on the prime “3rd terrasses” which are so highly prized in this appellation. These are regarded as the best sited vineyards in Cahors for high quality wines where the vines can achieve best balance without too much moisture.

The principal grape varieties of Cahors are Malbec (known locally as Cot) and Tannat. These grape varieties produce wonderfully dense and tannic wines that offer great perfume and vivcaity when young displaying distinctive and attractive mulberry aromas and flavours, but when given time to evolve, can develop wonderful complexity. Cahors has a long history for producing wines of great depth and character with superb ageing potential. These are some of the best value wines of France.

2015 Marcel Malbec      IGP                      (STELVIN CLOSURE)

Made from 100% Malbec from vines on 1st and 2nd terrasses close to the river from purchased grapes. Fresh perfumed juicy medium weight. Slurpable.

2012 Cahors “Heritage” (STELVIN CLOSURE)

Made from a blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Merlot from vines aged 25-30 years old yielding 43 hl/ha. The wine is aged 30% in barrel and 70% in tank. Beautiful dark color, intense and complex bouquet of earthiness and spice. Full and round in the mouth, supported by very fine tannins.

2012 Cahors “Chateau du Cedre”           (formerly Le Prestige)

90% Malbec and 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat. Aged 1/3 each new, 1y.o. & 2y.o. barrels. 2010 is a great year for Cahors continuing the high standards set by the wines of the last several vintages. This is a big and bold wine, with copious quantities of layered fruit. It is almost black in colour, with chewy, rich black-fruit flavours filling the mouth. Full and firm in structure with substantial fine tannic grip. This is a fabulous wine that always delivers the goods.

2012 Cahors “Le Cedre”

100% Malbec made from yields of less than 20 hl/ha from old vines located on the prized 3rd terrasses of the valley giving ideal ripeness and drainage. Aged for 20 months in 80% new oak and 20% 1 year old oak, the  grapes are de-stemmed and then macerated for 40 days with malo done in barrel. This heroic style of Cahors is neither fined nor filtered leaving all the  tooth-staining goodness in the wine.

 

2010 Cahors “Le Cedre”
100% Malbec made from yields of less than 20 hl/ha from old vines located on the prized 3rd terrasses of the valley giving ideal ripeness and drainage. Aged for 20 months in 80% new oak and 20% 1 year old oak, the  grapes are de-stemmed and then macerated for 40 days with malo done in barrel. This heroic style of Cahors is neither fined nor filtered leaving all the  tooth-staining goodness in the wine.

2010 Cahors “GC”
Made from tiny yields of just 3 bunches per vine (about 15 hl/ha) average age of vines, 48 years – grown on chalky terraces, the wine ferments in open 500 litre barrels and ages gently in those barrels for another 24 months.
“It’s a sleek panther of a red, mouthwatering, silky, suave and polished yet with a warm country soul. It’s surprisingly fresh for a red this rich, with appetizing bitter undertones and bass notes of eau de vie de quetsch. As the wine aerates, flavors of prune, black olive and black cherry emerge.” Jacqueline Freidrich

2011 Vin de Liqueur 500ml
100% Malbec made from late harvest grapes with the fermentation stopped at around 100gms/litre, with the addition of neutral spriti for this dessert style wine.

“The 24-ha estate of Pascal and Jean-Marie Verhaeghe has done as much as any to improve the recent quality of Cahors…Not only does the Domaine lead by example, but Pascal Verghaeghe has also been the driving force behind the Cahors ‘Quality Charter’.”
 The New France’ by Andrew Jefford