Château Labastide Haute is a classic Cahors style, with an extra juicy twist courtesy of a good dash of Merlot. It won a Gold medal at the Concours General Agricole in Paris, 2016.
Labastide Haute is a label from the Caillau estate, which has been in the same family for over 100 years. It is a perenially reliable red sourced from Malbec (known as Côt Noir locally) and Merlot grapes grown in the alluvial gravel, silica and limestone clay soils on the terraced slopes of the Lot river valley.
Sixth generation winemaker Philippe Bernède adopts traditional approaches in both vineyard and winery, avoiding chemical treatments on the vines and ferments with minimal additives and modern technology. Ageing occurs in large foudre vats and older oak barrels.