bright, bramble fruit, earthy
The Ilbert family has been farming Malbec vines on la causse, an old Occitan word for the limestone ridge found in ancient Cahors, since 1901. Today Julien continues the tradition, but rather than selling their fruit to the local co-op, he is bottling the wines himself as Combel-la-Serre. Certified organic Malbec grapes from 35-year-old vines on a 5-hectare plot in the village of Cournou, this wine is made with the aim of maximum fruit extraction, aged on lees in cement tanks. No oak. A bright, intense purple colour, recognisably Malbec with bramble fruit and grip, yet at just 12.5% alcohol it’s a genuine vin de soif – even for serving slightly chilled in warmer summer months.