2017 Chateau Labastide Haute Cahors

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cahors
Country: France
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"This ancient estate has produced a richly structured wine. Still young, its juicy acidity is developing into the complex, dark tannins. With fruitiness still up front, the wine needs some more time to fill out. Drink from 2021. -Roger Voss" (WE)

Winery Notes:
This Malbec is predominately from Cahors the original region of this French grape varietal. Vines at Labastide Haute average 35 years of age, and are trellised in simple "Guyot" fashion, which involves stringing the main stem of the vine horizontally along a fencepost string.

The wine making process here includes regular "reassembly" and "pigeage" (for better extraction of aromas and fruit). Processing includes 15 to 18 days long vatting, pneumatic pressing, natural settling, and bonding. The vintage then spends between 8 and 10 months breeding in stainless steel tanks and barrels before it is considered ready for bottling.