Piedra Negra – Malbec 2018
Producer: Francois Lurton / Bodega Piedra Negra
Biodynamic Practice | Organic certification
Piedra Negra – Malbec is a quality Malbec from the prodigious Francois Lurton family, Argentina.
Piedra Negra – Malbec is a rich, full-bodied wine with vibrant aromas of blackberries, blueberries and bark with a slight touch of black pepper. On the palate there is an attractive concentration of ripe red fruits which gives volume to the wine. It has a good structure and the tannins are soft and smooth. Its finish is long with notes of coffee.
Piedra Negra – Malbec 2018 is ready to enjoy now and pairs very well with red meats or matured cheeses.
Piedra Negra – Malbec contains added sulphites. Read more.
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100% MALBEC. Malbec is Argentina´s most emblematic red grape variety. Originally from the southwest of France, it has found the perfectly suited combination of sun and climate in Argentina. It produces very powerful wines with lots of colours.
After a cool summer, we started the crop by our pinot gris in late february, fifteen days later than normal. Grapes had a lower level of alcool than traditionally and a nice acidity. March and april were still very cold and humid so the red have been harvested with same type of analysis. Despite the rains we had no grey rot due to a very good work done in the vineyards. The malbec are denses, firm and colorful the cabernet are a bit tough but will get more supple. One of the year with the lowest levels of alcool but very elegant and aromatique.
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Francois Lurton represents the fifth generation of grape growers in this large family that has been vigneron in Bordeaux since 1897. In 1985, having finished his studies Francois Lurton had an initial experience as commercial and marketing director of his father’s wine company, Andre Lurton. In 1988, in partnership with his brother Jacques, they set up a consulting firm. From Moldavie to Mendoza and from Spain to Australia, they were constantly on the lookout for wine producers, wine merchants and retailers able of replying to the recurring demands of their consumers and clients : Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Hardy’s, Sainsbury… As a result of their endless discoveries, they chose to settle down and produce their own wines in five different countries. In 2007, they decided to reorganize their respective patrimonies and Francois became the major shareholder in the company, which was renamed Francois Lurton SAf-lurton. This new direction allowed him to go back to his own roots and spend more of his time in the vineyards and in the cellars so as to be even more implicated in the making of his wines, through all the stages of their production and so as to guarantee high quality levels.
Location The Bodega Piedra Negra vineyard is located in the Geographical Indication of Los Chacayes, one of the most prestigious appellations in the Uco Valley, to the south of the city of Mendoza. Our property, Finca Los Chacayes, is located in the foothills of the Cordillera at an altitude of 1,100 m in poor soil that consists mainly of alluvial gravel.
The threat of hail is a major problem, and so the entire vineyard is protected by anti-hail nets.
The vines are planted on rootstock to avoid the risk of phylloxera and control their vigorous nature. High planting density (4,500 vines/ha) and close pruning enable low yields from each vine. In this semi-desert environment, irrigation is necessary so that the vines suffer only moderate water stress, thereby encouraging the concentration of sugars and tannins in the grapes.
Each of our plots is cultivated according to specific agronomic criteria (fertilization, pruning, water stress) so as to control yields and achieve the quality objectives that we have set. A large part of the Finca, where no herbicides or synthetic phytosanitary products are used, has organic certification.
Soil – Our terroir consists of alluvial gravel soil; polished by the river, the rocks are mainly granite or rhyolite (volcanic rock); there is also some lighter volcanic rock and metamorphic rock. This very diverse range of gravel constitutes the essence of the poor, well-drained soil. The altitude and the proximity of the mountains result in cool temperatures at night, in sharp contrast to the high day-time temperatures.
These natural characteristics of the terroir, combined with our rigorous management of the vineyard and yields, enable us to produce superb, fresh, richly coloured, concentrated wines.
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