Clos Troteligotte K-2 Malbec
WHY WE LOVE IT
- K-2 is named for one of the highest mountains on earth and is the top wine of the estate.
- Sourced from Emmanuel’s oldest, lowest yielding vines. This is Cahors at its highest purity.
- Elevage in unlined clay amphora makes natural sense for this naked/dramatic bottling.
- About 15% of the wine evaporates through the clay during its one year aging period.
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Elaboration: Cold maceration before fermentation for 5 days at cold temperatures. Long fermentation at low temperatures for 10 days with manual punching of the cap. Natural yeast. Maceration for 30 days, temperatures controlled. Ageing for 12 months in terracotta amphora.
Tasting Notes: “This is the top bottling from this organic estate. An impressive wine, it boasts rich tannins, powerful fruit and dense concentration. Black fruit flavors are laced with acidity on the firmly structured palate.” – Wine Enthusiast
2012 – 95 Wine Enthusiast “Editor’s Choice”
2013 – 95 Wine Enthusiast “Cellar Selection”
2014 – 94 Wine Enthusiast “Cellar Selection”
2015 – 94 Wine Enthusiast “Cellar Selection”
Emmanuel Rybinski, is without question, the most forward thinking producer in Cahors and runs this spectacular property. Clos Troteligotte roughly translates to “Land of the Doves,” and this ten-acre estate sits atop an iron rich plateau (much of the iron present here is so pure it could be sold for smelting!). Stylistically Emmanuel’s wines straddle the line between old and new Cahors. Farming is certified organic by ECOCERT FRBIO. Winemaking is natural, without additives and results in vibrant fruit in the glass. The iron soil components offer striking minerality. The young Rybinski family “lives off of the land” in a literal sense, farming all their own fruits/vegetables on site, growing their own grains and crushing them with a homemade windmill, raising their own livestock, managing their own forest for heating/cooking, and even growing hemp for clothing and insulation purposes!