Chateau de Haute-Serre, Georges Vigouroux, Lucter, Cahors, France, 2018

£17.00

Cahors, in south-west France, has been producing wine since the Roman era. Lucter (Luciterius), Chief of Cadourques, was the last Gaul to successfully resist the Roman legions in 52 B.C, not too far away from Ch. Haute-Serre; hence naming the wine in his honour. In fact, in his memoirs, Julius Caesar described his wine as having “unsurpassed boldness” which we are yet to decide whether or not is a compliment.

Cahors AOC, has had a long tradition of producing excellent Malbec as a 100% varietal (where in Bordeaux it is used as a blending grape). Often, the winemakers can produce hugely tannic and earthy wines but recently they have begun to lean a bit more towards the fruitier style, whilst still retaining that nod to the days of soil and brutality. Ch. De H.S has been in the hands of Georges Vigouroux since the 1970’s but the vineyard itself has been working since medieval times, where it was one of the region’s largest plots.

Nose

Concentrated blackberry, plum, blackcurrant and bramble. Earthy leather, touch of minerality, cigar box, vanilla, cinnamon and toasted nuts. Hint of floral perfume as well as some dried prune and fig.

Palate

Bold but precise on the palate. Medium tannins and acidity, refined and balanced.