With a delicate tannin flavor and fruity aroma, this wine is best with white meat. The acidity and liveliness go pleasantly with Provençale dishes like tomatoes and mixed salads.
Grapes: 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot
Vines: 10-15 years old
Yield: 50 hectolitres per hectare
Aged in concrete vats for 12 months
Natural clarification without filtering nor fining
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|Producer||Château Les Hauts d'Aglan|
|Grape variety||80% Malbec 20% Merlot|
Five generations of our family have been growing vines at the Chateau Les Hauts d’Aglan since the middle of the 19th Century.
Our 14 ha vineyard can be found in the South-West of France in the Lot Department at Soturac. We are on the western side of the Cahors appellation at an altitude of about 200 m on the right bank of the river Lot. The vineyard is on the highest terraces of the Cahors AOC and benefits from a south facing aspect with the maximum number of hours of sunshine.
The vineyard is situated on a thin layer of clay and limestone, a mix of clay pebbles, flint, iron ore and limestone rocks. It is the sub-soil which gives our wines their fine and typical character.
The parcel of land with 3 terraces of Chateau les Hauts d’Aglan is on the oldest subsoil of the alluvial plain of the Quaternary period. This ground has hardly been eroded overtime and siderolithic deposits from the First Tertiary period can still be found spread over only 2% of the total surface area of the appellation.
Our sloping parcels of land allow any excess rainwater to drain off quickly even though at the far west of the appellation the annual rain fall is very light. Therefore the roots of the vines go deep in to the soil to find their nourishment. The porosity of the sub-soil makes it well aerated and drained– ideal conditions for an exceptional soil.
There are 2 grapes varieties planted on our land:
The Malbec: It is native to the south-west of France and in particular to the Quercy region and Cahors vineyards. In our region it is called “Auxerrois” and in the Loire valley it is known as “Cot Noir”. A merchant from Bordeaux developed this grape variety in the Médoc area and gave it his name: Malbec.
It is a hardy grape variety but temperamental. It does not like waterlogged earth and copes well with high temperatures. It is susceptible to Spring frost and to failure if rain during the flowering season causes the blossoms to fall.
It gives wine a deep colour –almost black, with a deep fruity structure. The wine has the potential for being laid down.
The Merlot: This is a grape variety from Bordeaux which suits our well-drained soil. Added to the Malbec it provides a roundness and softness of flavour. So that the wine retains the Cahors appellation the Merlot must not exceed 30% of the blend.
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