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Savoury / earthy reds - CAHORS, Silice, Château Les Croisille. S. France

2016 CAHORS, Silice, Château Les Croisille. S. France

Organic

Bin: 650
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Cahors is in south west France, around the Lot River. Vines are on gravel terraces next to the river, or on the limestone plateau above.
Traditionally the wines have been dark and impenetrable. Modern examples have gone the other way, aiming for luscious fruit and oak. This example is seeking for a new direction.
Producer: Richard Kelley MW:
"Brothers Germain and Simon Croisille are very much at the front of the ‘new wave’ in the appellation. It was not always the case for this second-generation wine-growing family who have built their domaine ‘from the ground, up’. Bernard and Cécile moved to the hamlet of Fages, in 1979. Starting as tenant farmers on uncultivated land, it took them until 1984 before they were able to deliver a crop from their newly established seven hectares of vines to the co-operative cellar in Parnac. In the late 2000s, the family had the opportunity to acquire and restore a run-down Quercynoise style house with its own viticultural estate. They built a chai to accommodate their own crop and extended their vineyard holding with a further 10 hectares of rented vines, located in the Luzech valley."
The Silice is a pure Malbec from a vineyard on a limestone plateau, which the estate describes as "red clay rich in silica and iron (Siderolithic)". It's matured for a year in old 225 litre oak barrels.

£19.95 per bottle
£18.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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