Olivier Guitard

Chateau Nozieres, Ambroise de l'Her 2020

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What a complex and balance vintage! Aromas of mixed berries, fresh and preserved, and fresh herbs. Flavors of tart currant, black plum, and savory bitterness. Gorgeous balance between a medium acidity and silky tannins. Vegan Wine: tengeantiel and plaque. Certified Organic by France standards.

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30 to 50 years old
Certified HVE and Terra Vitis. In process of getting their Organic certification. Pruning and harvests done by hand and mechanical. Sustainable agriculture.
Traditionally, in vats, for 3 weeks, with multiple little pump over. Controlled temperature between 28- 30°C. Malolactic fermentation in vat on its lees (bâtonnage). Maturation: 12 or 14 months in oak barrels (2 to 5 wines old).
Malbec 90%, Merlot 10%
1,500 cases
Winter 2019/20 was slightly warmer than the average. Fortunately, Spring was rainy enough to bring water to the plant without exposing it to mildew. Summer 2020 was hot and dry, ideal to concentrate naturally on the aromatics: a traditional southern summer! Chateau Nozieres faced an interesting harvest challenge: while the first harvest went smoothly to pick grapes highly concentrated, a hard rain happened, and lasted for a week. Olivier decided to let the remaining clusters suck up the water provided by nature to dilute the sugar content and bring fresh aromatic to the batch. And it worked wonders! A perfect balance!
Cahors, Southwest, France
Clay limestone, old terraces of Lot Valley. 3 different terroirs: 2nd terrace (sandy clay), 3rd terrace (more clay with gallet), Cone des Boulis volcanic calcaire (heavy concentration of limestone pebbles and rocks, along with clay). Selection of the best harvest.

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