2016 VDF - Les Têtes Noires


2016 VDF - Les Têtes Noires


Malbec but not as we know it. Gentle extraction and a lack of pumping over or punching down means light soft tannin and colours. Mineral and herbacious, a little wild.

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Cuvée: VDF - Les Têtes Noires

Style: Still

Colour: Red

Grape Varieties: Côt - 0.30 hectare – 6,500 vines per hectare. Average age of the vines: 20 years

ABV: 12.5%

Vintage: 2016

Winemaking technique: Manual harvest, natural yeast. Maceration of two to three weeks in concrete vats of 53hl (entire harvest). No sulphur. Maceration at room temperature, draining juice every four to five days. No pigeage/remontage. Slow horizontal press. No fining. No filtration.

Ageing: Old barrique

Sulphur: 20mg/l on bottling

Climate: North/South exposed at 55 metres above sea level. Temperate oceanic, climate gradient. Temperatures are never extreme, (neither very hot nor very cold). Mild, rainy winters and cool summers and relatively wet.

Soil: Clay and flint. Light and stony soil. Soil mechanically worked (décavailloneuse, discs and blade hoes), Treatment sulphur and copper and horsetail 7-12 times per year

Yield: 35hl/ha