2018 Famille Jouffreau Clos de Gamot 'Le Gamotin' Cahors, France (750ml)
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100% Malbec, the grapes were harvested and hand sorted; each lot was viniﬁed separately and macerated for 21 days in concrete vats with gentle pump-overs. The resulting wine was then aged for 18 months in neutral foudres before bottling. Deep burgundy with a bright red rim. Inviting aromas of baked blueberries, ripe plums. The palate is fresh, with classic ﬂavors of ripe dark fruits, blackberries, black raspberries, and a touch of baking spice. Great structure with ample acid and a dense, clay-mineral notes on the generous ﬁnish.
The Jouﬀreau family have been settled in the commune of Prayssac since 1290, ﬁrst as farmers and merchants and, since 1450, as the winemakers of Clos de Gamot. In 1610, the Jouﬀreau family built a house in the middle of the vineyards which the family still inhabits to this day. During the phylloxera epidemic in the 1880s Guillaume Jouﬀreau collected the last vine shoots of Malbec from Clos de Gamot and successfully grated them on Herbemont’s rootstock, not only saving the vineyard, but most of the Malbec in the area. These centuries-old vines continue to produce a few clusters every year. Cahors is the one region outside of Argentina that today is almost exclusively dependent on Malbec—or Côt as it is locally known.
Clos de Gamot consists of 15 hectares of organically farmed vineyards situated on the second and third of the Lot River's terraces, where soils are composed of pebbles, gravel, and quartz mixed with alluvium. A broad strip of red clay crosses the vineyard giving some unique characteristics to the wines from this property.