Chateau de Chambert Cahors Malbec 2010

£15.99

TASTING NOTE

Complex characters of red fruit, violets and silky tannins. A generous, rich wine with a powerful structure. Ripe tannins and dense fruit accompany elegant acidity, ensuring tremendous potential for ageing.

Chambert’s vineyards, planted with 85% Malbec and 15% Merlot, are situated at the highest part of the South Quercy limestone plateau (causse), at an average altitude of 300m. The soil is mainly clay with a red iron oxide 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. The vines are 25 years old and yields are low at around 28 hectolitres per hectare. Harvest takes place by hand.

A cool, dry winter delayed the onset of budburst in both the Malbec and Merlot parcels. From April the weather warmed up and dramatically advanced budburst but then a wet and cool June discrupted flowering, resulting in uneven grape berry size across the estate. Fortunately from the end of June temperatures increased and dry weather was experienced up until harvest. The summer was dry, but maximum daily temperatures were not extreme and the nights were cool. Sufficient heat and sunshine for allowed for beautifully ripe tannins.

The grapes were destemmed and sorted for a second time on arrival at the winery. The two varieties underwent separate fermentations with natural yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with a further maceration of 10 to 15 days at 28ºC to 30ºC. Malolactic fermentation took place in vat and 80% of the wine was then transferred to French oak barrels (50% one-year old, 30% two year old) for ageing over a period of 12 months. The remaining 20% was aged in vat.

13.5% abv

Chateau de Chambert Cahors Malbec 2010
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