Châtelet de Gaudou Cahors “Tradition”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This is a blend from the 48 acres of vines the Durou family owns and farms on second and third terraces in the terroir of the village of Bagat en Quercy.
- Vines here were planted when Fabrice Durou was in elementary school, and are now producing wine with remarkable complexity.
Varietal Composition: 80% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 5% Tannat
Elaboration: Cold maceration for 3 to 4 weeks, concrete aging.
Tasting Notes: Purple dress supported by purple tints. Nose of black fruits, and jammy, woody aromas. Attack welcoming mouth wide, fleshy, delicious, which effectively coats the solid structure. Everything is in place, good traditional wine.
2016 – 94 Decanter
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.