Chateau de Chambert Cahors Grand Vin 2010

£23.99

  • TASTING NOTE

Very dense, bright purple colour. An intense bouquet of black fruit with white pepper and spices is underlined by smoke and mineral notes. The tannins are ripe and elegant before a very long finish.

After a marvellous and sunny autumn, November came with some welcome rain that replenished groundwater reserves. The winter was cooler and drier than normal which delayed the onset of bud burst. From April the weather warmed up and dramatically advanced bud burst, but a wet and cool change in June discrupted flowering, resulting in uneven grape berry size. Fortunately, from the end of June the temperatures increased to expected averages and it was dry until harvest which began on the 10th October. The vines experienced less heat and drought stress than in 2009 yet had sufficient heat and sunshine for beautiful ripening of tannins.

Chambert’s vineyards are situated at the highest part of the South Quercy limestone plateau (causse), at an average altitude of 300 metres. The soil, which originated as limestone sediments in the secondary era (kimmeridgian), is mainly of clay with a red iron oxyde component. This is ideally suited to producing a refined style of wine that is fresh in its balance and which will keep well (one finds similar soils in the Chablis grand cru vineyards). Due to its location between the Atlantic and Mediterranean the area has a unique meso-climate which takes effect especially towards harvest when hot winds from Africa warm up the grapes, aiding ripening. Leaf-thinning and green-harvesting take place where necessary to ensure lower yields of well-exposed fruit. No chemical weedkillers, fertilisers or pesticides are used on the vineyards. Harvest takes place by hand. The Grand Vin is solely made from old-vine Malbec. Grand Vin de Chambert is made from a selection of the very best plots, and from vines that are over 40 years old. This section of the vineyard has been cultivated since the 12th century.

The grapes were carefully sorted before a very slow fermentation, in order to preserve the purity and concentration of black malbec fruit. The long maturation lasted 18 months in French oak barrels.

100% Malbec

13.5% abv

Chateau de Chambert Cahors Grand Vin 2010
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