La Perdrix Solitaire Malbec, Pays d'Oc - Boutinot International
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La Perdrix Solitaire Malbec, Pays d’Oc 2020

FPB9461

Boutinot France

A true French classic - the Languedoc has long been associated with Malbec (where it was originally known as Côt and traditionally an important component in blends). The label plays on the idea of one of the synonyms for Malbec - Oeil de Perdrix (Partidge's eye). We thought to call to Perdrix Solitaire (Solitary Partridge) to represent the fact that this is 100% Malbec; a wine to appreciate for its difference.

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Production

Old vines grown in the warm Mediterranean sunshine of the Languedoc, tempered by the altitude and the cooler nights thanks to elevation and proximity to the Pyrenees; ideal conditions for longer, slower ripening which results in a finer profile than Malbec grown in warmer climates. This old vine Malbec was sourced by Guillaume from the wild mountain landscape of the Aude and just a ‘drop’ of Malbec from the lower hills of Minervois is also added. The vineyards in the Aude are located up in the Pyrenees at 400m. Tempered by the altitude and the cooler nights thanks to elevation and proximity to the Pyrenees; ideal conditions for longer, slower ripening which results in a finer profile than Malbec grown in warmer climates. Malbec is one of the later harvested grapes and was picked in late September to ensure the optimal ripeness levels were achieved. The grapes underwent cool fermentation at the start of the process to maintain the freshest fruit characters before warming to 28 degrees.

Tasting notes

Vibrant garnet with notes of mulberry and underlying redcurrant and blackcurrant aromas. Complex, with fine raspberry and red-fruit flavours backed by a touch of chocolate truffle richness. A mid-weight harmonious wine, an expression of purity and youthful fruitiness.

Food match

Delicious with steak and meats from the grill. It works with seared tuna, too.

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