Domaine Cosse & Maisonneuve, Le Combal, AOC Cahors, France
- 100% Malbec
Matthieu Cosse and Catherine Maisonneuve created Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve in 1999. Both winemakers and oenologists, they took over a 5 hectare estate in Prayssac, near Cahors, and planted it with 40 year old Malbec (or “cot”) vines. Using biodynamic principles, they set out to make wines that genuinely reflected their place of origin. Their first vintage was Les Laquet, grown in a soil of red clay and Jurassic limestone, cultivated using biodynamic principles, harvested by hand and crushed by foot. They were aged in barrels for 12 to 22 months before being bottled without filtration. Since then, the estate has grown to 15 hectares of vineyards, and Malbec has been joined by other grape varieties, such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Gamay. The domain has a wide range of plots with different soils. Clays, limestone and calcareous gravels are all variously featured. Some plots even overhang the River Lot. Tasting a wine from Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve allows you to experience something truly unique, a genuine taste of the Cahors terroir.
Terroir: Quartz pebbles 2nd and 3rd terrasse draining silt.
Average age of vines: 28 years old. 100% Malbec (Cot)
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested. The fermentation is done in stainless steel tank. The wine is then aged in old oak barrels for 12 months (1 and 2 year old oak barrel). No filtration, no fining.
Taste some of their elegant, smooth and aerial wines for yourself to understand how this dynamic duo are changing how we think about Cahors wines.