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Crocus, France

Crocus wines are a quest to redefine Malbec in its birthplace, combining old world, ancient terroirs with new world vision.

When internationally recognized winemaker Paul Hobbs and 4th generation Cahors vintner Bertrand Vigouroux decided to work together, they set out to offer a new interpretation of the Malbec of Cahors. Driven by their passion and expertise, the two men established Crocus to show the world how a single clone of Malbec can vary in three distinct terroirs and in the process create wines as special as they are individual.

Viticulture

The Crocus blends are produced from a single Malbec clone that is grown on 3 sites: Haute-Serre vineyard sits on one of the highest plateaus in Cahors. Fruit from this rocky site dominated by clay and limestone soils displays red berries, elegant tannins, finesse and great length. • Leret-Monpezat, on the middle terraces of the valley slope produces components with floral notes and firm tannins. • Mercuès lays closest to the Lot River. This densely planted vineyard on heavier soils, with greater exposure to moisture, adds dark fruit notes, sucrosity, and volume to the blend. These sites are all farmed using the “Lutte Raisonnée” system of sustainable agriculture. These methods ensure the minimum use of pesticides and insecticides and promote natural ways of protecting the soil. All of the grapes are hand harvested

HIGHLIGHTS
  • All three sites are farmed using the “Lutte Raisonnée” system of sustainable agriculture. These methods ensure the minimum use of pesticides and insecticides.
  • An elegant interperetation of the classical Cahors style.
  • An exciting partnership between internationally renowned Californian winemaker and Argentine Malbec specialist Paul Hobbs and Bertrand Vigouroux of Château de Mercuès.