Fabien Jouves 2019 'You F&@k My Wine?!' Vin de France (Cahors)
Item Number: 14243
Region: South West France
Sub Region: Cahors
Appellation/AVA: Vin de France
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Jurancon Noir / Malbec / Merlot / Valdiguie
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone and clay
Average Vine Age: 50 years
Sulfites: Less than 30 mg/L
Winemaking Notes: Fabien employs a non-interventionist vinification philosophy. Grapes are harvested by hand. 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).
Tasting Notes: Brambly and bright with notes of sour cherries, tangy red berries and a moderate, easy going tannic structure. Bonus points for the Scorsese reference.
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’s found its niche in Cahors to the south west, 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 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.