Cuvee Chemin de Compostelle

Hauterive_Chemin_de_Compostelle_100.jpgWinery: Château Hauterive
Languedoc, Le Sud (Languedoc, Southern France)
Vire-sur-Lot, France
Appellation:  Cahors
Designation: AOC

Site: Contiguous vineyards around the homes of Gilles and his parents, on the first terrace. Entirely older vines of 20+ years, with perfect SW exposition. Clay/calcareous soils.

Grapes: In most vintages, 100% Malbec. In some very tannic vintages, he’ll use a small percentage of Merlot to soften the wine a bit.

Fermentation and Aging: Fermented in stainless steel with the skins for 18-21 days. Undergoes micro oxygenation (standard practice now for most vintners in Cahors), and a small portion is aged for 5-6 months in barrique. The wine is assembled, and fined in the bottle for as long as required for perfect balance.

Notes: Chemin de Compostelle means the “road to Compostela.” This historic route, which runs through Cahors near the winery, was used by pilgrims to get to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, home of the gorgeous cathedral and the relics of St. James.