Chateau de Mercuès, Georges Vigouroux
93 points, Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast
Chateau des Mercues Cuvée Icône
Château de Mercuès Malbec wines are noble. Georges Vigouroux renovated the château to restore it to its former glory and to qualify it for the Relais & Château network.
Intense, brilliant color that leaves no doubt as to the quality of this Malbec. Elegant, refined, and voluptuous are the best words to describe Cuvée Icône.
If you are seeking a prestigious wine for exceptional dinners, this outstanding cuvée will accompany the most refined dishes. Black truffles, foie gras, duck breast, or Quercy lamb are perfect pairing for this unique Malbec. Its silky tannin and finesse also go beautifully with beef fillet.
The vineyard is planted in a superb silty-clay terroir ideal for wine growing. The vines are located on the third terraces of the Cahors valley and its density is extremely high with 6666 vines/ha. On those vineyards, we selected the best rows. Vines aged 30 years to produce the best malbec of Cahors.
The grapes are picked by hand with the greatest of care and sorted after destemming. Winemaking is done according to the highest standards. The grapes are macerated at 8°C for 3 days prior to fermentation. Pigeage (punching down the cap) and pumping over guarantee good extraction of tannin and color. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, where the wine is slowly aged for 24 months.
“This wine, regarded as the top wine from the Mercuès estate is massively structured, packed with dark fruits and altogether a statement wine. Produced from selected parcels on the estate, it has layers of dark tannins as well as juicy black plum and berry fruits. All of this density and concentration need to soften. Wait to drink this wine until 2024.” – 93 points Cellar Selection, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast