In a nutshell: A chunky, earthy and fruitily delicious organic expression of Malbec from South West France.
The lowdown: Cahors is a region that sits astride the River Lot, kind of in between Toulouse and Bordeaux. With its output historically having find its way to market via Bordeaux it's suffered over the years from the protectionist instincts of the Bordelais and as a result wines from here have never achieved the recognition they've deserved. In point of fact their speciality has long been deep and inky Malbecs (or Cot as it's known here) many years before Argentina made it famous. Château de Cedre are one of the leading organic exponents in Cahors and this, their Heritage cuvée, of which around 20% spends a year or so in oak, is beautifully gamey and meaty with a vein of dark fruits running through the middle. Well balanced, with a good, firm tannic structure it has a nice touch of spice at the lingering finish.
When to drink: With its body and savouriness it's a real treat with grilled, or barbecued red meats.
Léon Verhaeghe, originally from Morsleede, left his native land at the beginning of the 20th century and settled in the Lot. In 1958, his son, Charles Verhaeghe and his wife Marie-Thérèse established a mixed farming operation and created the Cèdre vineyard by planting one hectare of vines per year on three plots.
Jean-Marc and Pascal, sons of Charles, belong to the second generation. Jean-Marc takes care of the vines and Pascal takes care of the wine-making, the breeding and the marketing. A spirit of complicity and a real convergence of points of view is the basis of their joint project.