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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Chateau de Cèdre 'La Cèdre' Cahors 2007

Regarded as a 'super-cuvee' for the producer, winemaking inputs are as befits the label and correspondingly flow through into the wine.

100% Malbec (appelation rules specify only a 70% minimum), hand-sorted, destemmed, and crushed, with a 40 day maceration with daily punch-downs to keep the cap and liquid in contact, for colour and tannin extraction.

Twenty months in barrel, 80% new and 20% one year old.  All of this leading up to a wine of exquisite, plush fruit (plums, damson), with hints of floral elegance set against that new oak.  Suggestion of tapenade, with a smoky, herbal mix.  Plush and concentrated.

Entry shows a wine at once velvet smooth, with creeping, drying, whole-of-mouth tannin.  Supple, long and soft.  It offers pleasurable drinking over 3-4 days of drinking, indicative of cellar-ability for another 15 years easily.  91/92 - Very Good

Source: Retail, Vaucluse Cellars
Price: $?
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Cork


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