Localization: Cahors, Southern France
Tasting Notes: Haute Côt(e) de Fruit from Fabien Jouves is a light and summery Malbec. Opposite in style to a powerful Argentinian Malbec and different from the usual French Malbec as the tannins in this wine are pretty low. This delicious version is fruity and real fun with tasty aromas of cherry, raspberry and pomegranate.
The Domain: Mas de Périé is run by the young Fabien Jouves and located on the Haut Plateau south west of Cahors in Trespoux Rassiels. The soil here is complex clay and Quercy Limestone, a brilliant white tufo style limestone that is soft and very permeable. There are incidences of gravel here and there and this serves to produce wines with more immediacy and freshness. The theme continues but there are also areas of Sidérolithique, a complex blend of sand, chalk, clay, and mineral. Where this can be found, so the wines develop more complex deeper tones. The vines are managed along with biodynamique principles. The fruit is handpicked and selected at the winery prior to fermenting in inert oak and concrete depending on the cuvée and maceration is usually by pigeage for around 30 days. The resulting wines are neither filtered nor fined, and Fabien’s 5 years in Bordeaux have lent him the skill to manage the tannins extremely well.