Malepère: Domaine Girard 'Cuvée Tradition' 2018
Ever on the lookout for impressive wines from far-flung regions, this Malepère - a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot from the Western edge of the Languedoc - tickled our fancy. Enjoy with a cassoulet from nearby Castelnaudary.
Rather like the Côtes de Thongue appellation an hour down the road, AOC Malepère (literally translating as 'bad rock') enjoys viticultural influences from both the Atlantic and Med, with plantings of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache and Cinsault.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Malepère|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
|Food & Wine Matching||Casserole|
|Cellarage||Drink 2019 - 2022.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are de-stemmed and macerated for 5 days under low temperature (8 - 10 degrees C.). Fermentation is traditional with daily 'pumping over' and the wine is matured in stainless steel vats prior to bottling without filtration.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Based just west of the town of Limoux in the Aude, Phillipe Girard is the 4th generation to run this family domaine of 25 hectares. Typically for this appellation, the estate includes a range of soils (clay, marl and gravel) and grape varieties - Chardonnay, Merlot, Cot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.View more wines from this producer...