Clos Troteligotte Cahors KOR 2018
The Clos Troteligotte KOR Malbec is one of my personal favourites as it not only uses my initials but it's also a bloody great wine. This 100% Malbec is made organically and is soon to be designated as biodynamic. The flavours and textures are remarkable and this superb red wine is one I highly recommend.
The ever-innovative Emmanuel Rybinski is one of Cahors up and coming young stars. The 14-hectare vineyard is located atop an iron-rich plateau on the southern border of the Cahors appellation and produces predominantly Malbec with 10% of the vines dedicated to Merlot. Since its inception in 1987, respect for the land has been a priority for this family estate and they have passionately committed to sustainable farming practices. In 2014, Clos Troteligotte was certified in Organic Agriculture and 2015 saw the beginnings of biodynamic viticulture. Passionate and dynamic, they are producing outstanding, stylishly packaged Cahors wines from their unique terroir. Pronounced with a French K "ka", their flagship wine K-Or is a play on words for Cahors.
The vineyard is cultivated organically respecting the environment and enabling the maximum expression of terroir. The 25-year-old vines are trained according to the simple Guyot method, with de-budding and a green harvest taking place during the course of the year to attain a yield of 40hl/ha. The soil is calcareous-clay-siderolithic, which is a red clay soil composed of limestone and rich in iron,a rarity in Cahors. This unique terroir imparts minerality and complexity to these outstanding wines.
The fruit was selected from an individual plot. Micro-plots were then vinified separately. A cold pre-fermentation maceration took place prior to fermentation using indigenous yeasts. A manual "pigeage" or punching down of the cape extracted the colour and flavours, followed by a long maceration under controlled temperatures. The wine aged in unlined concrete vats on its fine lees for 18 months prior to bottling.
The Clos Troteligotte K-Or Malbec is a smooth, but dense wine with powerful black plum and berry fruits that are tinged with a herbaceous complexity. Concentrated and spicy, with great structure and a long, firm finish.
The perfect match for a seared steak, roasted venison, aubergine bakes and hard sharp cheeses.
Grape - Malbec 100%
Country - France.
Body Value: D (A is light, E is full-bodied)
Residual Sugar: N/A
Contains Sulphites: Yes