Fabien Jouves’ Mas del Périé Cahors Amphore Malbec 2015 ~ Benchmark Biodynamic Cahors Red…

Mas del Périé is run by Fabien Jouves and is located on the Haut Plateau south west of Cahors in Trespoux Rassiels. The soils in the vineyards where the grapes for the Amphore Cuvee is made is a complex mix of clay and Limestone with iron. 

The vines are managed along organic and biodynamique principles and the fruit is handpicked and selected at the winery prior to fermentation in inert old oak Vats before transferring to amphorae for ageing and maceration for 6 to 9 months. The resulting wines are neither filtered nor fined. Fabien’s 5 years in Bordeaux also taught him a thing or two about how to manage the rustic Cahors tannins.

Fabien breaks most preconceptions about  French Cahors wines, creating such rich, mineral, textured expressions that are both modern, accessible and ageworthy at the same time. Not everything exciting happening with Malbec is taking place in Argentina…. Cahors offers some exceptional expressions. 

Tasting Note: Dense, overt style with lifted black berry fragrance, leafy ripe pithy plum skins and plenty of sappy black plum and blue berry crumble notes. Opulent, with a fleshy seamless texture, powdery tannins and a fresh, energetic intensity and pronounced black peppercorn complexity. Beautiful savoury nuances from the amphorae make this wine taste almost Northern Rhone in style. Such generosity, and drinkability, this Cuvee must be the best value for money style in Fabian’s whole range. (Wine Safari Score: 93/100 Greg Sherwood MW) 

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