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Cahors AC 2012, Cuvée Juline
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  • 8. Cahors AC 2012, Cuvée Juline

    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    90% Malbec, 10% Merlot (14% alc.)

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    The soil here, siderolithique (clay and sandstone with a high iron content) is specific only to Cahors. An elegant approachable wine, the 2012 has a deep raspberry colour, a mix of blueberry, cassis, liquorice and menthol hints on the nose and palate, medium-body and fine silky tannins on the finish. For drinking now to 2019.

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Winemaker
Maurin/Marlène Bérenger, Domaine de la Bérangeraie
Location
Grezels  
Size of domaine
20 hectares total of which Juline is 5 hectares. 20-25,000 bottles produced 
Grape
90% Malbec, 10% Merlot - planted 1970 from clones and on root stocks 3309 and 420A. Trained to Guyot simple with an average age of 35 years. 5000 vines per hectare planted. 
Terroir
Red, iron-rich breccia, derived from the insoluble residue of limestones, dissolved away by millions of years of rainfall and soil fermentation. South facing at 120 metres above sea level
Viticulture
Grass left to grow between rows and ploughed deep once every 3 years. Vineyards treated organically – no herbs or pests. Both de-buds and green harvests. Leaves trimmed to give maximum aeration and exposure of grape bunches. Uses SO2 against oidium and copper sulphate to combat pests. Harvest 100% by hand with several ‘trie’. 40 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Destalked 100% - pumped into cement vats. 2 day maceration à froid at 12 C. Natural indigenous yeasts only for the alcoholic fermentation. Three remontages each day, and one or two pigeages, no crusher used. Max temperature never exceeds 25º C. Seven day alcoholic fermentation and 15 days maceration. Horizontal Vaslin press after which free run pumped off into cement ageing vats and mulch into a press. The juice from 1st pressing is generally added back. Malos completed. Elevage of 18 months in cuve during which they rack 4 times. Unfined, light filtration by plaque. Bottled in June after 20 months.
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