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Cahors AC 2014, La Nuit des Rossignols
  • 11. Cahors AC 2014, La Nuit des Rossignols

    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    100% Malbec (13.5% alc.)

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    This comes from a cooler north facing limestone hillside, and was aged for twelve months in one year old barrels. It has a bright blackcurrant colour, has happily integrated the oak, and has dark, fresh prune and fig flavours, balanced by perfect acidity. For drinking now to 2022.

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Winemaker
Maurin/Marlène Bérenger, Domaine de la Bérangeraie
Location
Grezels (with vineyards also in Floressas)
Size of domaine
20 hectares of which La Nuit is 1.7 hectare. 6 to 8000 bts produced.
Grape
100% Malbec on 91B root stsocks. 37 year old vines trained to single guyot and at a density of 5000 per hectare.
Terroir
Kimmeridgien limestone at 200 metres above sea level with a North West exposure.
Viticulture
Prune to 5 buds (generally). Debuds and green harvests. Leave grass to grow. Ploughed deep once every 3 years. Vineyards treated organically – hence no herbicides or pesticides are used. Hand harvesting with several ‘tri’. 38 H/H.
Vinification
100% destalked. Indigenous yeasts. Alcoholic fermentations in cement cuve. 3 remontages (and one pigeage per day) over a 15 day alcoholic fermentation. Temperature never exceeds 30ºC. Total cuvaison time is 6 weeks. Then transferred to 100% 1 year old oak barrels (4 tonneliers) of both 200 and 500 litres. Racked 4 times. 12 month elévage. Light filtration by plaque, bottled in June after 21 months.
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