Domaine La Calmette Nyctalope Pet Nat 2017
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The Domaine La Calmette Nyctalope is produced at La Calmette. This estate was founded by Maya Sallee and Nicolas Fernandez, a young couple who in 2015 came across various parcels in the Trespoux-Rassiels subzone of Cahors and started making their own wines in the 2016 vintage.
As of 2017, they farm 7 hectares of vines across three distinct soils – Kimmeridgian, Red Clay, and Marl. With their focus being the local Malbec grape, tasting wines from each of these parcels reveals the intricacies and peculiarities of each terroir. Malbec on Kimmeridgian is tense, precise, and with a pronounced acidity. Malbec on red clay or marl, on the other hand, is softer, rounder has more width. When blended the resulting wines offer a balanced peek into their provenance.
Trespoux-Rassiels sits at around 350m in altitude, the highest elevation in the Cahors appellation. Here the diurnal range is vast, with very cold evenings leading into very hot days. The resulting wines are fresh, drinkable, with approachable acidity but still retain the deep colour of Malbec and its primary varietal character.
Although Maya and Nicolas’ approach in the cellar is very minimal and hands-off, striving for no additions whatsoever, their technical background helps them to craft natural wines of ultimate precision. Maya used to work in an analysis lab in Alsace and consulted with the likes of Patrick Meyer, Christian Binner, Pierre Frick etc, so whilst most decisions are ultimately based on feeling, there is a scientific backbone to rely on when needed.
This exciting new Domaine currently produces two blended wines, three single vineyard cuvees, and a Petillant Naturel made from 100% Malbec.
The Domaine La Calmette Nyctalope is a sparkling Malbec! Hailing from Cahors in Southwest France, this is Malbec as you’ve probably never seen it. Lean, perfumed, spicy, all within a dry natural sparkling wine (or ‘Pet Nat’). Fine bubbles and no added sulphites, this one is sure to go down a treat.
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