Château du Cèdre Malbec Blend Cahors le Prestige 2005
If you think that Cahors is just brushing your teeth with tannin-flavoured twig juice, think again! Pascal Verhaeghe has been the driving force behind Cahors 'Quality Charter' and quality oozes from these wines. The estate was originally created by Charles Verhaeghe on vineyard land devastated by the frosts in 1956 in Viré-Sur-Lot. His sons Pascal and Jean-Marc duly studied winemaking, the former in Burgundy and California, the latter in Bordeaux. Ecological viticultural methods eschewing weedkillers and chemical fertilizers, yield reduction by serious pruning, leaf stripping for greater sun exposure and air circulation, harvesting the grapes on the verge of overripeness yield the superb raw material essential to create fabulous wines. In the cellars the Verhaeghes aim for softness, richness and harmony through gentle extraction by long vattings and limited pigeage, malolactic fermentation and sensible use of oak. The Cahors 'Cuvée Prestige' is inky, spicy Cahors endowed with red and black fruits and smoked fig and liquorice flavours. A mixture of new and old oak, the top cuvees are made from low yields and the oldest vines on the estate. The grape variety here is Malbec (also known locally as Auxerrois), supplemented by smidgeons of Merlot and Tannat.
Chateau du Cedre is a producer in the Cahors region of France. The winery was founded in 1956 by Charles Verhaeghe and continues under the direction of his sons Jean-Marc and Pascal. The winery specializes in the regional star grape Malbec (Cot) which is sometimes blended with small percentages of Merlot and Tannat. They practice certified organic farming and production methods.