With great skill and efficiency, the Vidal family manages an emblematic property that characterises the renewal of the Cahors AOC. Johan Vidal knows how to give a modern edge to his wines, by giving them smoother, less rustic tannins, all whilst respecting the value and strength of the superb terroir of the third terrace.
Johan is the 5th generation of the Vidal family who started this Château of 30 ha in around 1750-1800. Back then, the Cahors AOC covered over 40,000 ha, but after the phylloxera in 1870, the AOC covered just 4,500 ha. It is certainly going through a revival as a town and AOC, and Johan has been part of this revolution since 1997, which marked the first vintage that he created on his own.
Notes and Reviews
Deep ruby, almost black colour. The nose is intense and pure: ripe black fruits and sweet cinnamon mixed with earthy notes. Palate is rich and dense, but balanced with fine tannins. The aromas are well pronounced by notes of ripe dark fruits, with some nice floral notes, sweet spices, and a long lingering finish highlighted by sweet, sappy tannins.
|Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Vinification||Manual harvest then fully de-stemmed. 5 weeks' maceration and fermentation in temperature-controlled concrete vats before pressing. Malo-lactic fermentation half in oak barrels and half in concrete vats.|
|Elevage||22 months in 500lt oak barrel (50% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Silicious clay over limestone|