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Cahors AC 2011, Les Quatre Chambrées
  • 10. Cahors AC 2011, Les Quatre Chambrées

    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    100% Malbec (14% alc.)

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    This is Bérangeraie’s top unoaked wine and comes from a due south-facing hillside where the soil is a deeply weathered limestone imbued with iron deposits.  Yields are 15% lower than the Maurin at 28hh and the temperature of fermentation is never allowed to exceed a low 25°C (above which point harsher more unstable elements are extracted). It has bigger, riper fruit again than the Maurin, with notable menthol, liquorice, limestone and iron notes and tremendous depth. For drinking now to 2020.

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Winemaker
Maurin/Marlène Bérenger, Domaine de la Bérangeraie
Location
Grezels
Size of domaine
20 hectares of which LQC is 0.8 hectare. 2000 to 2500 bts produced.
Grape
100% Malbec on 420A root stsocks. Clonal selection. 35 year old vines planted 5000 per hectare and trained to single guyot.
Terroir
Due south facing, limestone-clay with heavy iron content. Deep red soil.
Viticulture
Grass left to grow between rows. Ploughs deep once every 3 years. Debuds and green harvests. Vineyards treated organically – hence no herbicides or pesticides are used (SO2 and copper sulphate only). Very severe thinning in June to leave only 5 bunches of grapes per vine. Harvest 100% by hand with careful ‘tri’. 28 H/H yield.
Vinification
100% destalked. Not crushed. Fermented in cement cuve using natural indigenous yeasts. Maximum temperature of 30ºC. 3 remontages (and one pigeage per day) during alcoholic fermentation. 6-8 week cuvaison. Vaslin horizontal press. Press wine added back. Cuve aged 100%. Racked 4 times. Malolactics completed. Lightly filtered by plaque but not fined. Bottled in June after 20 months.
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