Château de Gaudou Cahors “Grande Lignee”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This wine was first created in 1988 from a selection of third terrace plots the family farms near the main winery building. Vines are on average about 35 years old, and yields are low.
- This is well balanced Cahors with real complexity and just a tiny bit of oak influence to add additional interest.
Varietal Composition: 85% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 5% Tannat
Elaboration: Hand picked grpaes, five week maceration, 18 months in used oak barrels
Tasting Notes: Concentrated hue with dark purple tints. Very fruity nose (raspberry, blackcurrant) coupled withflowers (violet, peony). Extremely supple palate focussing successfully on fresh aromas. Soft, velvety substance. A harmonious Cahors that is already very open.
Fabrice Durou is the seventh generation to continue his family’s winemaking tradition in Cahors. Aware of the importance of his heritage but carried aloft by the wings of youth, young vigneron Fabrice Durou creates wine worthy of Gaudou’s history combining organic farming and meticulous vineyard management with gentle winemaking that emphasizes fruit expression over wood.
The Gaudou estate sits in Vire-sur-Lot amongst a handful of Cahors’ other most prestigious vineyard addresses – A mythical location referred to as “The Beverly Hills of the Cahors Appellation” by critic Michele Bettane. Most vines on the estate are considered “old vine,” some still on original rootstock being planted as far back as the late 1800’s!
A variety of soil types and exposures within the estate drives complexity in the finished wine, and in addition to our current offerings you’ll see small quantities of Gaudou wines broken into seven single vineyard bottlings. Fabrice has evolved a “Cru” based philosophy with the intention to showcase the unique characteristics of each vineyard block he is farming.