2015 Cuvée Cèdre Héritage Pascal Verhaeghe
|Origin||France, South West|
Full-bodied wine offering notes of ripe black cherry, saddle leather, boysenberry, forest floor and sage. 95% Malbec and 5% Merlot. 20% of Cuvee aged in French Oak Barrels for 16 Months. L&S (Jan 2019)
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Review from www.vinesse.com : If your only experience with Malbec involves wines from Argentina, fasten your seat belt.You’re in for a big surprise — and a big wine — with the 2015 Cedre Heritage Malbec from the Cahors region of France, situated midway between the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean coast.That means its climate is the result of multiple influences, including maritime, Mediterranean and continental. It’s a generally cooler climate that produces wines that are a bit tighter and quite ageworthy. To be enjoyed in their youth, decanting is recommended.Brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe have banned all herbicides and chemicals from their estate, and work to produce Cahors wines that are polished and balanced. Their 2015 Malbec is a delicious example. With a dollop of Merlot in the blend, it’s a wine that can be enjoyed tonight, or laid down for a few years. Either way, it will make you think differently about Malbec.L&S(Dec 2018)
Chateau du Cèdre, widely regarded as one of Cahors' leading estate, is the domaine of brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe. Pascal, a mathematician at heart who came to winemaking later in life, is the driving force here. Although the son of a winemaker - his father founded the domaine in 1956 - he took little interest in the daily running of the vineyards and making wines until his experiences in Burgundy, making wines with Jean-Marie Guffens, swayed his opinion.
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 quartet of very typical Mendoza Malbecs, including one from master wine maker Nicolas Catena with his slightly more subtle take on pure Malbec. 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 brace of fine examples.
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