Château du Cèdre is a family run estate located in the southwestern region of Cahors, France, an hour and a half east of Bordeaux. Initially established as a farm in 1958, Charles Verhaeghe and his wife Marie-Thérèse began planting new vines each year on the property and bottled their first wine in 1973. Their sons, Pascal Verhaeghe and Jean-Marc took over in the 1990s and after a disastrous hailstorm ruined 80% of the 1995 vintage, they decided to reevaluate their mode of operation in the vineyard. After limiting yields and eliminating all chemicals from the estate, the brothers were able to achieve organic certification in 2002 and currently farm 67 acres of vineyards planted primarily to Malbec with lesser amounts of Merlot, Tannat, Viognier, Sémillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. With a motto to “Move forward, experience new ways”, Château du Cèdre continues to advance its winemaking philosophy by most recently reducing any additives in the wines, fermenting with indigenous yeasts and keeping sulphur additions to an absolute minimum.
This blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Merlot was aged primarily in stainless steel tank with 20% resting in 2-year-old barrels for 16 to 18 months. Aromas on the nose are bold and spicy in the vein of anise, bayleaf, violet, dried plum and leather. The savory notes carry over to the medium-bodied palate, framed by a core of dark cherry, huckleberry and clove. The tannins are firm yet well-integrated and a healthy dose of acidity provides lift and vibrancy. A seamless blend of earthy tones and dense fruit, this would be ideal served alongside your favorite bistro fare such as steak frites or cassoulet.