Haute Fur Cô(a)t
Haute Fur Cô(a)t
Côt AKA Malbec, Cahors, France | From Fabien Jouves, an incredibly warm & slightly wild winemaker based in Trespoux, near Cahors, his certified biodynbamic 21-hectare property gives him the flexibility to endlessly riff on the classics, perfectly summed up in this sumptuous & snappy speciality unique to the region. Made from 35 year old vines, destemmed grapes were wild fermented in concrete for 7 months, then bottled without fining or filtration. Drinks like Jennifer Coolidge doing the bend-and-snap – deep, violet-scented black fruit pulls you in with notes of sour cherry, red liquorice, dried sage, a savoury truffle note and a touch of fresh cig, then snaps into sharp relief with feathery tannins, a whiff of oak & a glimmer of iridescent minerality on the finish – delicious! Pair with at-home French bistro fantasies & pom pom-tipped pencils.
Côt AKA Malbec, Cahors, France | A rare & amphora-aged red from Southern France savant-meets-winemaker, Fabien Jouves! Growing up ind a winemaking family and coming from an agricultural background, one might think that his wines celebrate tradition but instead, they buck it entirely, honing in on biodynamic principles to consider not only his 50 year old vines, but the entire ecosystem of flora and fauna surrounding them. Sourced from a single hectare, this is an expression of Côt at its most elevated and elegant, Burgundy in stature – as hinted by the bottle shape – but Beaujolais in snark, a real Gemini with both sides in check, an exercise in elegance and restraint. After a 30 day ferment in (unusually, limestone) amphora, the wine ages for an additional six months on its lees before being bottled without fining or filtration. Ripe in fruit, richly textured & slightly peppery, this is well worth the stained white shirt. Blueberry, clove-studded strawberry, orange peel & lingonberry preserves on a black pepper scone meets earthy plum, vanilla bean & herby tannins, almost like a heart-warming, industry shot of fernet. Decant and discover in the darkest corner of the bar and let this wine murmur sweet nothings in your ear.
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