Combel La Serre 'Les Peyres Levades' 2019

Combel La Serre 'Les Peyres Levades' 2019

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“If anyone orders Malbec, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f****** Malbec!”, Miles might have raged if the movie Sideways had been made today. So popular is Malbec (aka Côt, Auxerrois, Pressac – it has over a thousand synonyms) in 2024 that its fruity blandness and smoooooth texture have almost become synonymous with red wine. But it’s not all rubbish.

For generations Jean-Pierre Ilbert’s family sold grapes to the local co-operative until he combined their vineyard holdings and established Combel-La-Serre in the tiny Cahors village of Cournou. In 2005, Jean-Pierre’s son Julien – having studied in Saint-Emilion – took over, first converting the estate to organics and later biodynamics.

Julien now farms 25ha of vines high on Cahors’ limestone plateau to produce ambitious riffs on Malbec in various forms. ‘Les Peyres Levades’ – from 50-year-old vines on stony, limestone-rich soils – is vinified in wood for 16 months, resulting in cherry-damson aromatics and a creamy texture.

Wine Details

Type Red
Country France
Region South West
Producer Combel La Serre
Vintage 2019
Grape Varieties Malbec
Bottle Size 75.0cl