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2014 CAHORS, Grand Vin, Château de Chambert. South-West France

Bin:  690

Alcohol percentage:  14%

Organic

Vegan

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. Chambert are certainly in the latter camp, but seeking for a successful balance between power and elegance.

Grape variety:

100% Malbec, matured for 14 months in oak (half new wood).

Producer:

From the website of importer Liberty Wines:
“Château de Chambert lies 30 kilometres west of the town of Cahors, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Owned and run by Philippe Lejeune since 2007, with the additional support of consultant winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt, the estate has garnered considerable attention in France. The estate gained organic certification in 2012 and was certified biodynamic at the end of 2015, making it the largest organic and biodynamic estate in Cahors. Philippe keeps highland cattle which can been seen roaming the fields surrounding the Château from Spring until harvest, after which they are allowed to wander the vines until the end of winter.”

Old Bridge rating:

Will this live for ever? Possibly – it’s dense and concentrated but has the harmony thats so many Malbecs lack. Good now, and getting better over 10 years.

£48.50

£46.08 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£43.65 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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