Chateau de Gaudou "PURO" Malbec Rose 2020 - Southwest, FR

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Varietals: 100% Malbec

Fabrice's Rosé is made from 30+ year old vines of French Malbec grown on clay-limestone hilltops and terraces in the Cahors, picked early in the morning to maintain freshness, it's a rosé resulting from direct pressing with a pneumatic press (70%) and bleed juice (30%). Fermented in a cement tank, it's lightly fined and minimally filtered to offer round but bright juicy red berry and flower flavors on a refreshing, mineral structure. Fabrice was so impressed with a rainbow drawing my 6-year old son made during the Pandemic, that he quickly incorporated it into his label.

This ancient, 17th-century château located about an hour from the city of Cahors is making some fantastic and well-priced cuvées from grapes that were once thought untamable. Winemaker Fabrice Durou has captured the beauty of the Malbec and Tannat grapes while subduing their legendary tannins.

Their 37 hectares of vineyards, aged between 30 and 120 years old, are planted on southeast-facing gravel slopes for maximum exposure, with grass between the rows to force the vines to work harder. Grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and at the winery, and indigenous yeasts are encouraged to start the fermentation. The end results are very elegant but very “Cahors” wines, with beautiful black fruit balanced by lovely acidity and long length.

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