Fabien Jouves 2017 'Mas del Perie' Acacias, Cahors AOC
Item Number: 13933
Region: South West France
Sub Region: Cahors
Appellation/AVA: Vin de France
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Malbec (Cot)
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Ferruginous limestone
Elevation: 1150 feet
Winemaking Notes: Fabien employs a non-interventionist vinification philosophy. Grapes are picked by hand from 40 year old vines and destemmed. A 30 day fermentation process occurs spontaneously with native yeast in concrete vats. 'Mas del Perie' Acacias is aged for 18 months in casks.
Tasting Notes: Each of Fabien’s AOC cuvées is a vineyard designate, which is why he uses a Burgundy bottle instead of the traditional Bordeaux.
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 Malbec can flounder. In France, it has 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 raven-like quality. In the limestone soils of the region, the grape produces a dark, 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 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.