The vines of Château du Cèdre are planted in two different types of soil: stony clay and limestone, producing straightforward wines with fine tannins, whereas the more powerful and dense wines come from soils composed of clay, sand and rich in pebbles. This wine is 90% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat.
2013 was a tricky vintage. After a rather cold winter, spring was cool and wet, with heavy rainfall. The second week of June was very warm, but the rain and the cold which followed hampered grape fertilisation. However, the warm summer months made for perfect conditions for grape maturation. The grapes are sorted in the vineyards and destemmed upon arrival in the cellar. This is followed by 30 days of maceration with daily punching down of the skin cap at the beginning of fermentation. The wine spends between 20 and 22 months of ripening in new oak as well as in old barrels used once or twice.
Although there is a little Merlot and Tannat in the wine, it is 90% Malbec. Still firmly tannic, it is concentrated and spicy. It has a dark dry texture that is lifted by ripe blackberry fruit. With acidity cutting right through, the wine is nowhere near ready to drink. The winemaker suggests that you should wait until 2019, although we don't have that sort of patience!