Les Pierres Blanches 2012

Cahors AOP

The Cahors vineyards are planted on the alluvial terraces of the Lot and the chalky plateaux above them. The geological evolution of the soils has produced a broad range of terroirs, giving the Cahors wine its well-known complexity. Using its expert knowledge of the wines of Cahors, RIGAL has created three unique cuvees to make you discover the exceptional diversity and richness of this region. At the bottom of the Lot valley’s cliffs, steep slopes of calcareous rocks result in “Pierres Blanches” with its unique complexity. The vineyard’s aspect helps develop the tannin structure of this wine. “Les Pierres Blanches” is a fruity and spicy wine with silky tannins and aromas in the mouth dominated by notes with a mineral quality.


Vinification

Pre-fermentation cold-soak (to 7°C). Traditional vinification, 40 days on skins, malo-lactic fermentation takes place in barrel.


Maturation

Aged in french oak barrels for 12 months.


Tasting Notes

Eye: Dark, black color with a nice richness.

Nose: Intensely fruity in the beginning, powerfull with minerally notes that develop with a second whiff.

Palate: Straightforward, well-balanced, solidly built, aromatically complex spicy fruit, which is dominated by a pronounced minerality. The structure of the wine is defined by tannins that are characteristic of this type of wine.


Food Pairings

To serve between 18 and 20°C with steews, meat that has been grilled or served with a sauce, and cheeses. Ageing potential 6 to 8 years


Accolades

Bronze
Vinalies Nationales

86/100 points
Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard



Resources

Download the tech sheet (pdf)
Download the high-resolution bottle shot (tiff)
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Varietals

100% Malbec


Appellation

Cahors AOP

Cahors AOP


Winemaker

Cédric Tannière


Bottles Produced

4,500


Alcohol

14.0%


Barrel Type

French Oak Barrels


Soil Types

At the bottom of the Lot valley’s cliffs, steep slopes of calcareous rocks.


Total Acidity

3.47g/L


pH

3.55


Sugar

0.1g/L