Malbec Pur Fruit Du Causse, Combel La Serre
The Ilberts have been farming vines in Cahors since 1901 but selling grapes to the local co-op. However, between 1998 and 2005, current vigneron Julien phased out the selling of his grapes and created Combel-la-Serre. He today farms 26 hectares at 320-350 metres above sea level on the highest reaches of la causse, an old Occitan term for the region’s famed limestone plateau.
He shuns the addition of Bordeaux grapes to his Malbec (otherwise known here as Auxerrois) and avoids using oak on many of his wines, only sparingly on those he does, so letting the pure fruit of these special grapes ring true. All in all, rugby-loving Julien makes Malbecs that are veritable vins de soif with real joie de vivre.
Producer Combel La Serre
Viticulture & Winemaking Organic viticulture. Grapes are hand harvested and 20% whole bunches with native yeast fermentation and 10 days maceration. The wine is then aged on lee's in the cellar in concreate till the spring when it is bottled.
Grapes Malbec (Cot noir)
Region Cahors, South West, France
Tasting Notes A black and red fruit bomb without any of the heavy oak some Malbec wines get lost into. Pure and clean.