2017 Chateau Les Croisille Cahors 'Le Croizillon'
Region: Fages/Luzech > Cahors > France
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: limestone soils in both vineyards, 8 months in concrete tanks, 30% carbonic maceration, certified biodynamic farming, cover crops, short maceration and early picking;13% ABV
Winemaker: Bernard and Cécile Croisille
WHY IS THIS A UNICORN? Malbec from Cahors in the natural, lighter, fresher style we want to drink is a rarity – even more so, one that is certified bioD – bring it on!
This family-run vineyard, now lead by Bernard and his wife Cécile, has been passed on to the next generation – and, as with many of our producers, the new generation brought about positive changes in the vineyard. Château Les Croisille converted to organic viticulture in 2010, with the goal of making fresher, lighter wines that still embrace the history of the terroir for these indigenous grapes. Their philosphy is, “wine is made in the vineyards, not in the cellar”. This <albec is really interesting because that 30% carbonic element gives it lift and brightness, but it still has the complexity of a traditional Malbec from the Cahors appellation. This deep-purply red is light and fruity though not over the top, with touches of juicy black berries, a hint of plum. It’s smooth with the slightest grippy tannins, and it’s even better when slightly chilled.