Fabien Jouves Mas del Perie 'Les Acacias' Cahors 2012

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The Wine Front – Spends 22 months in huge foudre and from vineyards in Cahors that average around 35 years of age. It’s all malbec, from a certified organic/biodynamic farmed site. Fermented naturally, then to bottle with no filtering or fining. Lashings of sweet blue-black berry fruit, mocha, sarsaparilla and a big dusting of white pepper. Cranks up the perfume. Lots of flavour to chew on too – sweet berries, more of that peppery spice, clove and a feel of incredible energy and vibrancy through and through. It’s almost tipping into light bodied but flavour is long, tannins chewy and fine while fruit is inwardly concentrated. Elegant almost, but too frisky for that. Such a joy to drink.

About This Wine

Aged in barrels made from Acacia rather than oak, avoiding the harsh tannins sometimes found in serious Cahors. This is great stuff.

The daytime temperatures during the growing season are usually in the mid 80's but at night they dip about 25 degrees, helping the grapes maintain a good balance of fruit and acid. Fortunate enough to have a range of soil types to work with, Jouves has been able to realize his dream and make distinct, authentic wines. Stylistically, they are expressive but not rustic. He makes four wines under the Cahors AOC, each from a different plot. While the AOC allows for up to 30% of Tannat or Merlot, Jouves' Cahors are composed entirely of Malbec. All of his fruit is harvested by hand and the wines are vinified separately with natural yeast. A combination of stainless steel, concrete and barrel fermentation is used, depending on the cuvee. The wines are aged on the lees for up to 24 months. Little to no sulfur is added and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Malbec
Country France
Brand Fabien Jouves
Vintage 2012

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