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Elegantly structured, boasting rich blackberry fruits and spice, this wine from one of the Vigouroux estates is smooth and developing well. The tannins and smoky character of the Malbec, blended with a touch of Merlot and Tannat, is sure to lead to a velvet, ripe wine. Drink from 2024.~R.V.
Grapes: Malbec (90%), Merlot (7%), Tannat (3%)
Certified Sustainable ~ A place bathed in sunshine from the start of the day a stony soil with red clay excellent southwest and southeast-facing sun exposure in short, an ideal location for growing Malbec! The 63 hectares of vines grow on slopes with clay soil at an altitude of 300 meters one of the highest vineyards in the appellation.
The wine is left for a long time on the skins, and fermentation is rigorously temperature-controlled. It is aged for 10-12 months in oak barrels (1/3 news, 1/3 one year old, 1/3 two years old).
Tasting notes and Pairing
Very dark color with carmine highlights and a wonderfully complex and powerful bouquet of morello cherry, blackcurrant, and spices. The freshness and fruitiness on the nose carry over beautifully to the palate, which has a long, silky aftertaste.
Perfect on a roasted meat like T-bone, it goes also very well with mighty French cheeses and dark chocolate.
Ageing and Cellaring
5 to 20 years.
Malbec is the quintessential grape variety of Cahors and lends its marvellous characteristics to the appellations signature 70% blends. The Domaines Georges Vigouroux are situated along the Lot River, which serves as a thermal regulator, on pebbly and gravelly soil. Located between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, rainfall and humidity levels are optimal for the quality of the vines.
In the early 1970s, Georges Vigouroux, the third generation in a family of brokers, was looking for a place to replant Malbec vines on their historical terroir. He found Chteau de Haute-Serre, abandoned since the end of the 19th century, an estate that had produced one of Frances great wines up to 1880. It took him two years to clear the land, plant 160,000 vines, and renovate all of the buildings.
Haute-Serre became an unequalled winemaking site in southwest France. From the sale of his very first vintage of AOC Cahors in 1976, Georges Vigourouxs work paid off: Haute-Serre was recognised as a first Cru from Cahors.
Now, Georges son, Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux, continues his fathers work. He aims to achieve excellence with high-density replanting,the use of eco-friendly vine-growing and tending techniques, ageing in new oak barrels, and trials with wood from different origins to continue the family tradition in the 21st century.
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Malbec is the original grape variety in Cahors, and its marvellous characteristics are used in 70% blends with other varieties. The vineyards are situated along the Lot River on its meanders and slopes, which serve as a thermal regulator, on pebbly and gravelly soil. Located between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, rainfall and humidity levels are optimal for the quality of the vines.