Certified Organic (Ecocert)
Variety: Cot (Malbec)
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
100% Malbec, hand-picked from 1.8ha of old vines, planted in 1918, 1970 and 1991 at 7800 vines/ha. Produced from very low yields of just 25hl/ha and whole-bunch fermented with ambient yeast in one tronconique (upright truncated cone) oak vat for 3 weeks, followed by 12 months elevage in the same vat. Certified organic viticulture.
‘The 2015 Côt “Vieilles Vignes” from Xavier Weisskopf is another very stylish and svelte vin rouge, coming in at 12.5 percent and offering up a superb nose of cassis, black cherries, cigar
smoke, dark soil tones, espresso and a touch of tree bark in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with fine delineation and balance, moderate, ripe tannins and impressive grip on the long, complex finish. This is high class malbec and a great value! 2021-2045. 90+.’ John Gilman - View from the Cellar, October 2018
Xavier Weisskopf is one of the new generation of young producers buying into appellations in the Loire that are less developed, enabling his purchase in 2005 of well established old vineyards at Montlouis in Touraine.
Having studied viticulture and oenology at Beaune he worked as cellar-master at Chateau St-Cosme in the southern Rhone before buying his first parcel of 6.8 hectares. He has gradually increasing his holdings to the current 13 ha of vines with 9 ha of vines in Montlouis and 4 ha of vines in Touraine AOC. Montlouis sits across the Loire on the south side from Vouvray and today is a hotbed of innovation. Here 100% Chenin Blanc is planted on similar tuffeau soils to Vouvray, though usually with a bit more sand. The Touraine appellation also produces Chenin Blanc, along with Grolleau for rose and has some very old Cot (Malbec) and Cabernet Franc plantings. Xavier’s deft touch in the winery is transforming this old-vine material into wines of freshness, vivacity and not least, great value!
The entire estate is certified organic and with most of the vineyards being planted pre-1940 the yields are naturally low and all harvesting is done by hand. Xavier is looking for wines that are fresh, mineral and long so the wines are made with a light touch and little or no SO2 during vinification. Bottled with a minimal, yet prudent level of SO2, the finished wines show vibrant aromatics and a level of detail rarely seen from these appellations.