L’Ostal Vendredi 2016

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Cahors, South West France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

Louis and Charlotte Pérot left Paris and bought a house and winery and at the end of 2015 having spent some time with Simon Busser learning how to work the soil and understanding the subtleties of the local grapes began to make wine. Their 2 hectares of vines are split into two plots of quite different terroirs: sand and clay at Duravel and at Prayssac a mix of limestone, red clay and sandstone on the terraces above the Lot. Both plots are planted with Merlot and Malbec. Their winery is a cave dug into the limestone rock near their house where temperatures are perfect for ageing their wines. From the beginning the Pérots have worked their soils with respect and extended that to the fermentation and ageing of their wines. The result is something special that really speaks of the detail of their soils and the skill of their winemaking.

Côt (or Malbec, as it is better-known outside of France) from Cahors is rarely this supple and elegant, but then L'Ostal don't work under the appellation and often work with Merlot, which wouldn't be permitted. This wine is a world away from the heavy-handed black, bitter and over-extracted examples from the area; here the fruit is lightfooted, nimble and incredibly pure.