PL Award 1: Silver - DWWA 2016 PL Award 2: Gold - SWA 2016
Country: France Region: South West France Vintage: 2010
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Producer: Château de Chambert
Product Features: Practicing Biodynamic;Practicing Organic;Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Philippe Lejeune
Vineyards are planted with 85% Malbec and 15% Merlot at the highest part of the South Quercy limestone plateau (causse), at an average altitude of 300m. The soil, mainly clay with a red iron oxide component, is ideally suited to producing refined and ageworthy wine. Located between the Atlantic and Mediterranean, the unique mesoclimate takes effect especially towards harvest when hot winds from Africa aid grape ripening. Careful leaf-thinning and green harvesting ensure well exposed fruit. The vines are 25 years old and yields are low at around 28 hectolitres per hectare. Harvest takes place by hand.
Grapes were destemmed and sorted on arrival at the winery. The two varieties were fermented separately with natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks with a further maceration of 10-15 days at 28ºC-30ºC. After malolactic fermentation, 80% of the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (50% one-year old, 30% two-year old) and aged for 12 months.
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.
Food Suggestion: Great with roast lamb or grilled pork loin with a fruit jus.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV: 14.5% Acidity [g/l]: 4.15