Clos Troteligotte K-Pot Malbec
WHY WE LOVE IT
- A star in Paris’ natural wine scene, this sulfite-free cuvee is totally natural wine without any additives or any kind other then the grapes from the vineyard, and in case you were wondering “K-Pot” is French slang for “no protection.”
- This wine is meant for early consumption. As is traditional in the appellation a bit of Merlot is included in the fermentation to help soften the palate.
Varietal Composition: Mostly Malbec with a touch of Merlot
Elaboration: Cold Maceration between 10 and 12 °C for 5 days with indigenous yeasts. Aged for 6 months in concrete vessels. No added sulfites.
Tasting Notes: A mercurial wine, K-Pot offers shifting layers of plummy fruit, savory herbs, graphite, and hints of bright dill. The Merlot is in evidence as it rounds out the mouth feel and gives a silken texture to the intense, aromatic Malbec.
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!