VINEYARD

general, grapes, vinification...

General:
Domaine du Prince, vignoble de cahorsThe Cahors vineyards are roughly equidistant (200 km) from the Atlantic, the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. Then, the vineyards is kept out of the Atlantic humidity and of the Autumn Mediterranean rains but close enough to take advantage of the “Autan” wind (wind coming from Sahara).
This right micro-climate helps to mature the grapes in September and October and makes no rain harvests
The Domaine:
plateau terroir cahors Our vineyard is located on the plateau that looks down upon the Lot river valley.
It is more than 67 acres of exclusively chalky-clay lands, watered only by natural rain (French law forbids artificial watering for vines) giving our wine its unique taste.
Parcels:

Plots are located on different places around the village of Cournou within a distance of 5km from the winery.

The various richness of clay in the soil allows the elaboration of different cuvees.

The quantity of clay in the soil will be a factor of the terroir productivity.

This parcel diversity is regularly renewed throughout plantation campaigns.

 

 

 

Soil:
façons culturalesThe soil maintenance is to grow grass at least one row out of two depending on the vine vigor..
Grapes:
The main grape, the Cot Noir, also called Malbec used to be blended to Merlot Noir and to Tannat (these two complementary grape should not exceed 30%).

Nowadays and especially at the Domaine du Prince mainly due to grass covered rows and thinning out, cuvees are 100% malbec.

 Vinfication
vinification

Les cuves seront ensuite soutirées afin d’extraire le jus fermenté qui sera stocké en cuve ou en barrique et le marc restant sera pressé.During grape-harvest, the grapes are first mechanically then manually selected.

Sent in thermoregulated stainless steel vats, the crop will macerate until first fermentation.

A long maceration (about 4 weeks) will extract tannins and colour .


It is a traditional vinification

Maturing:
The wine will then be ageing in vat for the cuvees Domaine du Prince and Rossignol and in barrels for the Chêne du Prince and Lou Prince.
Bruno decides the ideal moment for bottling the wine.

The Domaine du Prince is a fleshy, harmonious and rustic wine of Cahors. With variants in the process of time, it smells of blackcurrant, truffle and undergrowth beyond natural qualities owing to soil, climate and grape varieties.