Fabien Jouves 2018 'Haute Cot(e) de Fruit' Malbec, Vin de France (Cahors)
Item Number: 13931
Region: South West France
Sub Region: Cahors
Appellation/AVA: Vin de France
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Malbec (Côt)
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Clay-limestone
Winemaking Notes: Fabien employs a non-interventionist vinification philosophy. Grapes are harvested by hand from 25 year old, organically farmed vines. A whole cluster fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeast in concrete vats and barrels with spontaneous yeast. The wine ages until maturity, either in concrete tanks, barrels or large wooden vats (foudres). Fabien does not fine or filter his wines, and any sulfite additions are kept to a minimum.
Tasting Notes: Translating to High Side of Fruit, 'Haute Cot(e) de Fruit' is highly drinkable, lively, and thirst-quenching. A stand out vin de soif , this 100% Malbec is juicy and fresh, with silky tannins and notes of small red fruits and dark berries.
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"Fabien Jouves is one of the best young producers in Cahors in Southwest France. Those wines meant to reflect the characteristics of particular terroirs are bottled under the name of his estate, Mas del Périé. Those intended primarily for thirst-quenching, like this one, carry his own name. The red grape of the region, Malbec, is also known as Côt, hence the pun on the label. Whichever name you choose for the grape, this is a less effusive expression of Malbec than the familiar Argentine version, fruity yet tapered and lightly mineral. Chill a bit before serving."