Isabelle Rey-Auriat makes the Château's Cuvée 'A' from 100% Malbec (or cot as it is known locally) from a 3.5 hectare (8 acre) parcel of vines on the highest terrace of the right bank of the Lot. Southerly exposure and a clay-limestone soil makes this ideal terroir for the Malbec vines in the far west of the AOC Cahors appellation.
The grapes were fermented for 15 days with brief pumping twice daily and macerated for a fortnight with micro-oxygenation. The wine was then aged for 18 months in vats before being bottled.
The result is a lush purple wine busting out with ripe cherries and plums and a touch of spicy cinnamon and cloves. We conclude that a côte de boeuf (cooked rare) must be somewhere to hand... We hold a tiny quantity of the 2005 and a fair amount of the 2009.