Fabien Jouves 2017 Malbec, La Roque Vineyard, Vin de France (Cahors)

Fabien Jouves 2017 Malbec, La Roque Vineyard, Vin de France (Cahors)

Item Number: 12114

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: South West France
Sub Region: Cahors
Appellation/AVA: Vin de France
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Roque
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Miocen Brown Marn
Elevation: 350 meters

Average Vine Age: 35 years
Hectares: 5 ha
Fining: No
Filtration: No
Sulfites: Less than 30 mg/L

Winemaking Notes: La Roque is a vineyard designate wine, which is why Fabien chooses to use a Burgundy bottle instead of the traditional Bordeaux. Grapes are picked by hand and destemmed. Fabien employs a non-interventionist vinification philosophy. Fermentation occurs naturally with spontaneous yeast in barrels and concrete vats. Wine is aged for 6 months in concrete tanks and barrels.

Food Pairing: Try Tagliatelle with Mushroom Ragu

About Cahors: For centuries, Malbec was a supporting player in Bordeaux blends, but the threat of rot and mildew are ever-looming in that region, and can cause Malbec to flounder. In France, it’s found its niche in Cahors to the southwest, thanks to dueling Atlantic and Mediterranean climatic influences: cooling breezes from the west keep the vines rot-free, while warm daytime temps allow grapes to ripen. Here, Malbec has been referred to as "black wine" for its deep, purple-ebony hue since at least the early Middle Ages, and it still has that ravenlike quality. In the limestone soils of the region, the grape produces its darkest, most tannic manifestation, showing blackberry fruit in its youth, and tobacco, coffee, and meaty notes as it ages. This is partly due to the calcium component in the limestone, which helps maintain acidity late into the growing season for the grape, and contributes to structure in the glass. The vines thrive in the arid, limestone plateau called the Causses, which has a thin topsoil that forces the roots dig deeply for nutrients. Hardworking roots equate to more concentrated grapes and a deeper wine.

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