Chateau Pech de Jammes, Malbec, Cahors
92/100 Wine Enthousiast, 90/100 Wine Spectator
A wine that is officially classified as Gran Vin Seigneur (based on a Cahors quality charter where the foundation is high density vine plantings and strictly low yields).
Further quality orientated measures include late harvesting in order to obtain ripe, sculpted tannins, a winemaking protocol that includes long, slow barrel fermentation at low temperature followed by a lengthy barrel ageing.
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You need much courage to plant and create a vineyard. Bernard Pons, founder and previous owner of Château Pech de Jammes, possessed it in abundance. Engaged by the French resistance at the tender age of 17, he later became a politician and was a minister in various cabinet posts in the 1970’s and the 1980’s.
In May 1972 he was even given the honourable responsibility by the French President to chaperone Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II during her official visit to France that year.
On this occasion Her Majesty was reminded of Pons’s resistance heroics following which she bestowed upon him the Victoria Cross. Is it the trust and confidence of this royal which gave him the courage and determination on his return to Cahors to plant a vineyard at his château? He was helped in this endeavour by his friendthe father- figure of the renaissance of the Cahors appellation. We will never know for sure, but it is entirely plausible that his steadfastness was encouraged further by his lengthy and involved private discussion with The Queen.
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