The Extra-Libre, the sulfur-free malbec from the Verhaeghe brothers, proves the versatility of this grape variety, showing up with juiciness and high drinkability. The Château du Cèdre is well proportioned, having everything you need, delicious freshness in addition. The richness of Le Cèdre reassures as much as its finesse: the blending of grapes from the third terraces of the Lot with those grown on calcareous scree, draws a delicate and deep wine, with an elegant bouquet and a body carved in velvet.
"The wines reach a rare level of quality and regularity..." Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2020
97% Malbec, 3% Merlot - No added sulphites red wine has a beautiful deep purple colour with a bouquet of fresh red and black berry. Fruity yet subtle on the palate, Extra Libre offers an amazing texture and great length. Organic Malbec in this case is not matured or aged in oak, so it offers the same red berry and plum flavours together with generous spice, yet without heavy feel to it. The wine is rich in flavour, but at the same time quite light. It is not just natural wine that was made with no added sulphites, it is how Malbec tastes like when made with no interventions.
CHÂTEAU DU CÈDRE, Vire sur Lot Biodynamic
Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe form one of the most passionate, hard-working and skilled team of winegrowers we have ever come across. The work of Jean-Marc consists of growing, biodynamicaly close-to-perfect grapes in the vineyards, while Pascal meticulously transforms these grapes into arguably, the greatest Malbec wines to be found anywhere.
The 27-ha vineyard is planted on 3 parcels, the first consists of calcareous-clay soils, very stony on the surface, the other two are covered with rolled stones and the subsoils are made of layers of sands with trace of iron followed by silica and clay.
Numerous passages are made in the vineyard to ensure the perfect health, quality and ripeness of the grapes, and all the work is carried by hand as, since 1992, no chemicals have been used. The research of quality is pushed so far that almost each vine receives a special attention.
In the winery, Pascal vinifies the harvest in tanks and foudres, the wines are then matured in 225l or 500l barrels. The use of oak is carefully weighted, each vintage requires different actions, the aim is to produce Burgundy-type wines, that reflects both their terroir and their specific vintage.
Over the years, Pascal has made numerous trials and innovations in order to unleash the ultimate potential of Malbec grapes grown on the soils of Cahors, and the last few vintages have brought Château du Cedre up amongst the very best wineries of the World.
Decanter February 2012 ‘Top 10 French Estate for value’