Cahors had a historically small harvest in 2010, mainly due to shatter or coulure (during difficult climatic conditions at the time of budburst, causing buds to fall to the ground). The high quality of the grapes allowed carrying out skin macerations for several weeks, slowly extracting tannins and aromas. According to their character and needs, the wines were aged either in concrete tanks, 500 litre casks or bigger wooden vats for two years. Today they fully express the high quality potential of the vintage. The wines finish their ripening in bottles, before being available in April.
In order to present the vintage to you in a pre-première, you will find here the comments of Anthony Rose, he published on his wine blog in December (Read the complete article „Cahors black magic“ at Anthonyrosewine.com).
Château du Cèdre 2010
Dense colour, fine aromatic quality, lovely black fruits concentration with subtle oak influence and very juicy fresh succulent red and black fruit and mulberry quality with a fine blade of damsony freshness on the finish and really nicely judged fine-grained tannins that help keep the wine in good proportion. Not a blockbuster but a very drinkable and moreish style. 92
2010 Château du Cèdre Le Cèdre
Fine nose deep colour, lovely freshness and purity of mulberryish aromas, delicious mulberry and cherry fruit vinosity on the palate, showing richness an concentration, subtle oak and firm spine of acidity bringing a real verve and freshness to the wine which is supple textured and finishes with a refreshing, mineral twist. Lovely overall balance of fruit, structure and minerality. 94
2010 Château du Cèdre GC
Good dense colour, aromatic, lovely black cherry fruit richness and concentration , lovely spicy black fruits richness, very juicy, fine subtle oak, very good intensity of fruit with lovely supple textured tannins and juicy freshness supported by great structure a wine that despite its power and richness melts in the mouth. Lovely fruit quality. 94+