Cahors Au Cerisier
100% Malbec (aka Auxerrois in local parlance). Au Cerisier comes from a single 1.2-hectare plot at 350 m. altitude, next door to a cherry orchard for which the Ilberts named this bottling. The certified-organic vines average 40 years old and are planted on red and yellow clay soils over limestone bedrock at a density of 4500 plants per hectare; they yield typically 45 hl/ha. The hand-harvested fruit is destemmed, crushed and fermented with native yeasts and a 15-day maceration. The wine is aged in cement tank for 12-14 months and bottled generally in November a full year after the vintage.