Chateau de Haute-Serre AOC Cahors (90WE)
Appellation Cahors AOC
Varietals: Malbec – Merlot – Tannat
Terroir – Vinification:
A place bathed in sunshine from the start of the day… a stony soil with red clay… an excellent southwest and southeast-facing sun exposure – an ideal location for growing Malbec!
The 58 hectares of vines grow on slopes with clay soil at an altitude of 300 metres – one of the highest vineyards in the appellation.
The wine is left for a long time on the skins, and fermentation is rigorously temperature-controlled. It is aged for 10-12 months in new oak barrels.
Very dark colour with crimson highlights and a wonderfully complex and powerful bouquet of morello cherry, blackcurrant, and spice. The freshness and fruitiness on the nose carry over beautifully to the palate, which has a long, silky aftertaste
The estate’s winegrowing history goes back to the Middle Ages, when it belonged to the Abbey of Lagarde Dieu in the Tarn-et-Garonne department. Their vineyard holdings at the time covered nearly 1,000 hectares.
Several religious wars later, and never ceasing to produce wine, Château de Haute-Serre had a place on honour on the menu of an 1889 gala dinner alongside the likes of Château Margaux and wines from Pommard.
This is a great, prestigious wine, and a standard for the appellation.
However, the vineyard did not escape the phylloxera crisis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The vines were completely ravaged and left to revert to their natural state.
In 1970, Georges Vigouroux appeared on the scene. The first vintage of the resuscitated Château de Haute-Serre was in 1975, after five long years spent renovating the estate.