Cèdre Héritage, Château du Cèdre 2014, France

Country: France

Colour / Style: Red

Advent Calendar Day: December 8th

Heritage is a blend of two grape varieties native to Bordeaux, with only 20% of the wine being aged in oak barrels. The wine is round and mellow with a good concentration of dark fruit and violet aromas and a pleasant, refreshing acidity making it both a wonderful food wine and a wine to enjoy by itself. Both grape varieties have now both found homes in various New World wine regions. Malbec, the full-bodied, vibrant mainstay of Cahors and Mendoza, is often ameliorated with the rounded, plummy flavors of Merlot.

Chateau de Cedre is one of the leading lights of the Cahors region of Southwest France. The 25-hectare estate produces its wine organically since 2012 but they were early believers in a more natural approach to winemaking, having already stopped using herbicides and pesticides in the early 90’s.

Cahors is a small town in southwestern France, located 100 miles east of Bordeaux. In wine terms it is known for its deeply coloured reds made predominantly from Malbec, with small quantities of Tannatand Merlot. Interestingly, Cahors is the only red-wine appellation in the French south-west to use neither Cabernet Sauvignon nor Cabernet Franc. The typical Cahors wine is darkly coloured and has a meaty, herb-tinged aroma, with hints of spiced black cherries and a whiff of cedar. Cahors is invariably tighter and leaner than the rich, opulent style of Malbec being made in the variety’s new-found home in Mendoza, Argentina.

With it’s inky colour and dark purple highlights, this wine has aromas of prune, spice, cinnamon and freshly-cut hay. It’s a very pure style of wine that anyone with an acquitted taste will enjoy!

Food matching ideas for Cèdre Héritage include:

· Traditional beef casserole
· Grilled rib-eye steak
· Cumin-rubbed lamb pitas
· Game
· Roast Venison