2009 CHÂTEAU DU CÈDRE Cahors Pascal Verhaeghe
|Grapes: Tannat Malbec
||Origin: France, South West
Lea & Sandeman review
What used to be called 'Prestige', this is the Chateau's own production. 90% Malbec and 10% Tannat aged in a combination of first, second and third year oak. Sensational wine this, full bodied, richly tannic, but in a very attractive and drinkable fashion, and immensely satisfying. Very real in every way.
Other reviews and comments
Made from the local côt, aka malbec, a grape variety successfully appropriated by the Argentinians, this is an attractively fleshy and fresh red now, but with a certain gutsy power that will repay a decade or so in the cool and dark.
David Williams, The Observer
Everyone's favourite grape variety, these days, seems to be Malbec. It's easy to see why, especially as the Argentinians have crafted a bright bold and flavoursome style out of the grape variety that Bordeaux forgot. In this case you will find a very typical Mendoza Malbec, master wine maker Nicolas Catena with his more subtle take on pure Malbec. Nipping over the Andes we have a nice example from Chile. And whilst Bordeaux may have (mostly) cast off Malbec, it still hangs on in the Cahors region of South West France from where we have included a couple of fine examples.