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Chateau Pineraie, Cahors Tradition
Chateau Pineraie, Cahors Tradition

Country of Origin: France

Region: South West France

Grape Varieties: Malbec 85%, Merlot 15%

Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%

Food Matches: Drink with red meats or pork in wine, cream or even peppercorn sauces and game, but also mature hard cheeses go nicely too.

Special Features: Award Winner

2009 Vintage: IWSC 2012 - Bronze
2008 Vintage: IWSC 2011 - Silver
2008 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 - Silver
2007 Vintage: IWSC 2010 - Silver (Best in Class)
2007 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 -Bronze
2006 Vintage: IWSC 2009 - Bronze

Price: £11.99

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Tasting Notes: Elavated to Chateau status, a top notch wine worthy of its awards. Don't be put off by the strong rural nose of this wine because the palate is fantastic. Intense berry fruit with plum, blackberry and lots of spice. Vanilla and soft oak as well as violets and a potpourri character add complexity, which is balanced by gentle tannins. Smooth and sumptuous, this wine expresses the almost tender notes of Malbec.

Producer Details: Jean-Luc Burc's estate, located near Puy-l'Eveque in the north-west of the Cahors region, has been an established winemaking area for centuries and has recently been elevated to Chateau status. A manuscript leather parchment, written in latin in 1456, proves the Burc family were already the land owners around Cahors at that time. All this is confimed by deeds of vineyards from 1663 and 1838. Since then, generations of wine makers have followed on this predestined land and nowadays, the 5th and 6th generations work together.

In The Vineyard: The estate comprises of 37 hectares which contains the various soil types that make up the Cahors. On the terraces of the Lot, the vineyard is made of subsoil composed of old alluvium and limestone plateau with clay and marl. Composed of 85% of Auxerrois and 15% of Merlot, the vine stocks of the Pineraie are on the 2nd and 3rd terraces and on the limestone plateau. A dozen hectares are located on the commune of Lacapelle Cabannac. The lower parts of the vineyard are clay while the higher parts are clay, limestone and hard flint.
Quality control is a major factor to production, with low yielding limits applied to each patch to help produce ripe, healthy grapes whilst maintaining a good balance with the land. Pesticides are only applied according to a weekly statistical parasite
count and weather forecast.
The vines, including some very old Malbec, are planted in clay-limestone soil which helps to keep yields naturally low (productivity is approximately 4.500 litres per hectare). Malbec is known locally as Cot and Cahors could be described as the original and natural home of Malbec (the popularity of Argentinian Malbec owes much to its French relatives!).

In The Winery: Chateau Pineraie is made of 85% Cot (Malbec) and 15% Merlot with the grapes being hand sorted according to very strict specifications. Fermentation is controlled to 30 degrees with maceration on the skins from 2 - 3 weeks, including frequent pumping over and aeration. The wine is then aged for one year in oak barrels, 30% of which are new barrels. It's only lightly filtered before bottling to preserve fruit quality and character.

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