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Terracotta Côt

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Cahors 2010, Un Jour sur Terre, Le Clos d’un Jour ($23.70, 10783475)
100% organically farmed Côt (aka Malbec) from an abandoned vineyard resuscitated by the owners in 2000. Manually harvested, destemmed and eventually crushed. An initial two- to three-day extraction phase with daily punch-downs is followed by fermentation and a hot maceration phase, for a total of one month in stainless steel vats. The wine is then pressed and transferred into 140-litre unlined terracotta jars where it spends 18 months, the idea being to mature and micro-oxygenate the wine as in a cask but without introducing wood aromas or flavours. Bottled unfiltered and unfined. 13.5% ABV.
Inky and opaque in the glass. The rich nose is more raisiny than fruity and shows notes of terracotta and spice. In the mouth, it’s a foursquare, fulsome wine that’s dense with dark fruit: smooth and velvety on the surface with a strong undercurrent of acidity, tight round tannins and a long, chewy finish. Formidable, even a little impenetrable at present, it will likely uncoil and gain complexity with a few years in the cellar.

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Written by carswell

February 25, 2013 at 15:56

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