Cahors Le Lac Aux Cochons
100% Malbec (aka Auxerrois in local parlance). Le Lac Aux Cochons is a one-hectare plot at 350 meters with a natural depression that rains turn into a pond, in which wild boars come to refresh themselves: hence the name "Lake of the Pigs". These are Combel's oldest vines, averaging 60 years but going up to 90, and also the lowest yielding at 34 hl/ha. Per Julien Ilbert, it is"all limestone and iron", with only 15-20 cm of red clay before you hit rock. Like their other vines, these are farmed organically and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed and crushed, and the juice fermented with native yeasts with a 20-25-day maceration in tank, the longest of the Combel line-up. Le Lac is aged for a full two years in tonneaux with a small proportion of new wood. Very small production.