This ancient, 17th century château located about an hour from the city of Cahors is making some fantastic and well-priced cuvées. Winemaker Fabrice Durou has captured the beauty of the Malbec and Tannat grapes while subduing their legendary tannins. Their 37 hectares of vineyards, aged between 30 and 120 years old, are planted on southeast-facing gravel slopes for maximum exposure, with grass between the rows to force the vines to work harder. Grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and at the winery. The end results are very elegant but very “Cahors” wines, with beautiful black fruit balanced by lovely acidity and long length. The Puro Malbec comes from the domaine’s youngest vines: 40+ year old Malbec grown on steep rocky hillsides covered in clay and gravel using environmentally conscious methods. No chemicals are used in the field, grapes are hand-harvested, native yeast fermented in stainless and cement tanks, then bottled unfined and slightly filtered with a drop of SO2 for stability. It exhibits dark yet bright notes of blue and some red fruit on a medium bodied frame, ending with a crisp refreshing finish.
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