Micro plots of Cahors “K-nom” Clos Troteligotte were carefully selected and vinified separately. A cold pre-fermentation maceration took place prior to fermentation using natural yeasts. A manual “pigeage” or punching down of the cap extracted the colour and flavours, followed by maceration under controlled temperatures. Cahors “K-nom” Clos Troteligotte was aged in unlined concrete vats, on its fine lees for 18 months. Vinified without the addition of sulphur and only a minimal amount was added at bottling.
The vineyard is cultivated organically and biodynamically; part of the vineyard is already certified and the younger parcels are in conversion. The 25 year old vines are trained according to the simple Guyot method, with debudding and a green harvest taking place during the course of the year to attain a yield of 50 hectolitres per hectare. The soil is calcareous-clay-siderolithic, which is a red clay soil composed of limestone and rich in iron, a rarity in Cahors. This unique terroir imparts minerality and complexity to this outstanding wine.
Clos Troteligotte is the result of the ideas of the ever innovative Emmanuel Rybinski, one of the young emerging stars of Cahor. The 14-hectare vineyard is located on top of an iron-rich plateau on the southern border of the Cahors appellation and mainly produces Malbec with 10% of the vines dedicated to Merlot. Since its inception in 1987, respect for the land has been a priority for this family estate and they have been passionately committed to sustainable agricultural practices. In 2014 Clos Troteligotte was certified in organic agriculture and 2015 saw the start of biodynamic viticulture. Passionate and dynamic, they are producing exceptional Cahors wines and packaged with style from their unique terroir. Pronounced with a French K “ka”, their flagship wine K-Or is a play on words for Cahors.