Producer Profile – The Story
For at least two decades, the Clos la Coutale’s wine has been unmistakable in flavor personality and offered terrific value.- David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate
PART OF THE WOODWORK – This Domaine is one of the oldest in Cahors with records back before the French revolution. Philippe Bernede is the 6th generation of his family to make the wine here. Cahors is having somewhat of a rennaisence in the last 10 years as people re-discover this fantastic gastronomic region. Famous of duckand some of the best truffles in France.
VINEYARDS – The Clos Le Coutale spans over 60 hectares of of predominantly south-west facing vines situated around the river Lot. These vineyards are made up of 80% Malbec or COT as it is known in the region, planted on a mix of gravel and silicates & limestone clay with an average vine age of 25.
NOT JUST FRENCH MALBEC – Valmy and Philippe Bernède have in herited their ”savoir-faire” from six generations of wine-growers. According to tradition, the grapes are picked off from the stalks, an as befits a wine for laying down, the fermenting process takes place at a temperature of 28°C (80°F), in vats, over a period of 15-18 days. The vineyard is divided up into a number of parcels, each parcel is made to produce a number of carefully selected wines before blending takes place in January, it is believed that this technique is is responsible for Coutale’s distinct house style. Once winter’s is over the wine is put into casks, where it stays for many months. That is where the tanins mature and become silky and the wine thus acquires a fulsome bouquet of dazzling fragrance. Thus, the Clos la Coutale stands, every year, at the highest level.