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Causse du Théron, `En Pente` Cahors Malbec 2014

Full of bright blueberry and raspberry, with a touch of spice and ripe, structured tannin.
Rich & Savoury, Medium-Bodied Red
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Producer Causse du Théron
Country France
Region Cahors
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Rich & Savoury, Medium-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Malbec
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 13
Vintage 2014
Special Features Vegan
Extra Info Hearty French Malbec
Food Pairing Guide Hearty Southern French food - Cassoulet or Confit of Duck
Terroir Terraces of Kimmeridgian limestone

Causse du Théron, `En Pente` Cahors Malbec has aromas of blueberry and raspberry fruits with structure and freshness, as well as a touch of spice and ripe tannins. Malbec from this part of the world tends to be a little more 'serious' than its Argentinian counterpart, but still shares many of the same characteristics. Great for steak, Cassoulet or Confit of Duck.

After a warm sunny spring, an unusually cool and damp summer followed. Fortunately, this was followed by a warm September and October which aided ripening prior to harvest.

Antonio Morescalchi of Altos Las Hormigas, visited Cahors in 2013 with Pedro Parra, the renowned expert on vineyard mapping in South America, to learn about the origins of Malbec. The longer they spent there, the more they became fascinated by the diversity of the soils, especially the vines planted on Kimmeridgian limestone. They selected two vineyards owned by a local family as the wellspring of their Cahors Malbec project. The name, Causse du Théron, translates to ‘hills of Theron’, causse meaning hill in the local dialect.

This wine is named after the En Pente vineyard. The 28 hectare vineyard is located on terraces of Kimmeridgian limestone. The fruit for this wine comes from a 2 hectare plot towards the higher, steeper part of the slope. Harvested by hand, the grapes from the En Pente vineyard underwent fermentation at 28 °C in cement tanks using ambient yeasts. The wine spent 20 days on its skins with careful pump overs to aid extraction. The wine was then aged in tank for two years to add roundness to the wine. The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling. No fining took place. Winemaker: Sebastien Sigaud, Attilio Pagli & Leonardo Erazo
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