Chateau La Caminade La Commandery Cahors 2016
The Chateau La Caminade vineyards lie in Parnac, in the heart of the Cahors region. The 34 hectares vineyard covers a variety of soil types including gravelly sand and clay/limestone. The Ressès family has been making wine here since 1895 and Dominique and Richard represent the fourth generation. Until the Revolution the domaine belonged to the clergy and there is much documentation attesting to their understanding of terroir and their winemaking skills.
This wine comes from the best parcels in the La Caminade vineyard. For this cuvee, the Ressès try to use exclusively Auxerrois (Malbec)although sometimes a small amount of tannat is blended for complexity. The harvest is triaged before entering the vat house and fermentations are done in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Maceration is extended to five weeks. M. Ressès has devised a system that allows for very gentle pumping of the juice over the cap. The wine is aged in oak barrels, typically one third new, for one year. The result is a deep and concentrated wine that typifies the Quercy region.