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Wine Enthusiast, 2012

VARIETAL

100% Malbec

PRODUCTION

120,000 bottles

APPELLATION

Cahors

FARMING PRACTICE

Organic

ORIGINALITY

Easy to drink Malbec- alone or with your favorite meal.

PRESS AND AWARDS

87 Points  - Wine Enthusiast (Best Buy), 2012

TERROIR/CLIMATE/SOIL

Situated between the 44th and 45th parallels, the vineyards of Cahors are equidistant from the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees. Between Cahors and Puy l’Evêque, the Lot River flows from east to west, meandering in a narrow plain of alluvial deposits, and eroding the chalky soil of the steep limestone plateaus.

The Château du Cayrou is located on the Lot alluvial terraces . More precisely on the 2nd terrace (old alluvia - 200 000 years) made of siliceous round-stone mixed with gravel and ferrugineous red sand. “Cayrou” means gravel, and the soil is characterized by the high proportion of gravel. which makes the soil very draining, which facilitates ripening and softens the tannins.

VITICULTURE/WINEMAKING

In the process of conversion (it lasts 3 years) in organic culture since the took over the vineyard in 2009. The goal to protect the health of those who work in the vineyard and live in the neighborhood.Furthermore, vine diseases develop more and more resistance towards the conventional products. They are thus less and less effective against the diseases. The active molecules used are thus more and more powerful and used in strong concentration. Finally, the organic culture implies more work but allows a better maturation of berries and avoids pesticide residues in the wine.

After a maceration of about 20 days, the wine is aged for 12 months in 50% new and 50% year old french oak barrels. A part without wood to leave the intact expression of the fruit. A part in barrels of one year or two years to round off the structure.

TASTING NOTES

Dark purple color with black fruit nose. Tastes of blackberry and black pepper. Soft rustic finish with chewy tannins.

PAIRINGS

A perfect pairing to Goat Cheese Tart, Blue Cheese Walnut Salad, Grilled Ribs and Grilled Blackened Fish.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION FILES

Malbec Valley Chateau du Cayrou - Tech Sheet

Sell Sheet Malbec Valley 2012

Château du Cayrou 2009 Malbec Valley Malbec Cahors