Fabien Jouves 2014 'Mas del Perie' Cahors, Les Escures, AOC
Item Number: 9343
Region: South West France
Sub Region: South West France
Appellation/AVA: Cahors AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Escures
Grape(s): 100% Malbec (Cot)
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone Kimmeridgien
Elevation: 350 meters
Average Vine Age: 25 years
Ha: 10 ha
SO2: Less than 30 mg/L
Winemaking Notes: Each of Fabien’s AOC cuvées is a vineyard designate, which is why he uses a Burgundy bottle instead of the traditional Bordeaux. Grapes are picked by hand and destemmed. Fabien Jouves employs a non-interventionist vinification philosophy. The whole vinification process occurs naturally, without any additives. The wine is aged for 6 months in concrete tanks and barrels. It is neither fined nor filtered.
Tasting Notes by Wine Spectator 11/2016: "This has a plush character, with pureed raspberry, red plum and floral notes underscored by tangy acidity. White pepper and licorice details show on the crisp finish. Drink now."
Food Pairing: Try Blue Cheese Burgers
About Cahors AOC: For centuries, it was a supporting player in Bordeaux blends, but the threat of rot and mildew are ever-looming in that region, and can cause Malbec to flounder. In France, it’s 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 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 the 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.