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Clos Troteligotte 2014 K-2 Malbec

Producer Info
  • The ever-innovative Emmanuel Rybinski is without question Cahors' hottest young star.
  • Emmanuel's ten acre estate sits atop an iron rich plateau on the Southern border of the appellation - The iron chunks scattered atop this vineyard are so pure you could sell them to a smelter.
  • The property is unusually high in elevation with allows Emmanuel to farm organically with ease (he is above the fog line and therefore has no issues with mildew). Rows are plowed by horse and spaced tightly.
  • In 2005, the operation was classified under rational agriculture and in January 2014, Clos Troteligotte became certified organic.
  • The Rybinski family home is equally impressive - An off the grid Eco/DIY masterpiece Emmanuel created from a 17th century stone barn.
About the Wine
  • K-2 is named for one of the highest mountains on earth and is the top wine of the estate. Sourced from Emmanuel's oldest, lowest yielding vines. This is Cahors at its highest purity.
  • Elevage in unlined clay amphora makes natural sense for this naked/dramatic bottling. About 15% of the wine evaporates through the clay during its one year aging period.

Vintage: 2014 | Wine Type: Red Wine 
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Origin: France | Appellation: Cahors 
Elaboration: Cold maceration before fermentation for 5 days at cold temperatures. Long fermentaon at low temperatures for 10 days with manual punching of the cap. Natural yeast. Maceration for 30 days, temperatures controlled.   Ageing for 12 months in terracotta amphora.
Winemaker: Emmanuel Rybinski

Tasting Notes

"This dense and dark wine is showing as much tannin as fruit at this stage. It’s powerful, the dark fruits ripe and seriously structured. Spice, berries, coffee and a tense, mineral texture are all part of the mix." WE 11/2014

Technical Data

Production: 330 cases | Alcohol: 13.0%  | TA: 2.69  | Residual Sugar: 0.06  | pH: 3.69

Press & Points

2012 - 95 Points, Wine Enthusiast

 
Clos Troteligotte 2014 K-2 Malbec