Clos Triguedina

Clos Triguedina

The Baldes family first planted vines in Cahors in 1830, identifying the best terraces in the Lot valley. Jean-Luc Baldes has been producing wine at Clos Triguedina for the last 30 years. His father before him increased the vineyard area to its current size of 65ha. Jean-Luc has continued the family legacy of innovation and growth and is known as ‘the master of malbec’ in the region. He says “the magic of Clos Triguedina lies in the richness of its soil”, something achieved by farming sustainably and adhering to the restrictions laid down by HVE level 3. In the winery, gentle extraction methods and French oak are used to soften the tannins, allowing vineyard expression to emerge in the glass.

South West
FRANCE

Clos Triguedina is above all a history of a family, the Baldès family.

Jean-Luc and Sabine Baldès continue this wonderful family venture, with their daughter, Juliette, soon to join them. Over the past 40 years the range of wines has increased: the exceptional New Black Wine; the prestigious Probus; the Trilogie des Parcellaires; the classic Clos Triguedina; the pleasant Petit Clos; the Black Vintage sweet wine; the surprising ‘vins de pays’ collection including Or du Clos, Blanc Sec du Clos, New Pink Wine and finally the sparkling Bul’s!

Viticulture

Magic in the soil Situated in the heart of the Cahors wine region, near Puy l’Évêque to the south-west of the town of Cahors, the estate nestles amongst the meanders the Lot River and covers some 70 hectares in the lush, green Lot Valley. Its soil of clay-and-limestone and siliceous clay, similar to that found in the famed Pomerol wine region, is ideal for wine production of Classed Growth status. Jean-Luc Baldès is fortunate to have his vines planted over four communes: Puy l’Évêque (the capital of Cahors wines), Vire-sur-Lot, Floressas and Touzac on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th terraces. These plots have the potential for the production of top quality wine. The vine grower’s task resides in respecting the special qualities of the soil, the immediate environment and the local climate to create a harmony between man and nature. This work must also respect the requirements needed to acquire the Haute Valeur Environnementale certificate (level 3). Jean-Luc often says that «the magic of Clos Triguedina lies in the richness of its soil, giving me the opportunity to use my creativity in wine making to the fullest.» He adds that: «Our best working tool is the soil! There are no good wines without good grapes and no good grapes without good care of both the vines and the soil. He is inspired by Burgundy: through his studies in that region and through his Burgundian wife, Sabine, who was born in Beaune in the centre of the Côte d’Or wine producing region. Jean-Luc seeks constantly to bring out the various characteristics of the grapes in each plot, covering the 2nd, 3rd and 4th terraces.

Winemaking

A range of great wines Master of Malbec Jean-Luc Baldès strength of character and perseverance have led him to understand how to exploit his best plots of vines to make quality wines. He has known how to develop his varied range of wines at the highest level without loosing the very essence of this traditional winery, passed down to him after so many generations. The talent and creativity of Jean-Luc has produced a wide selection of wines, each one of which is as audacious as the next one: amongst the reds based on the malbec grape you will find the remarkable New Black Wine, the prestigious Probus, the Trilogie selection, the classic Clos Triguedina and the pleasant Petit Clos. The ‘Vins de Lune’ are a family of wines from the region (vins de pay) including rosé, red, sweet and dry whites, to which has been added recently the very first sparkling malbec rosé called Bul’s and a pure malbec fortified wine called Black Vintage! Clos Triguedina’s wines can be found on the tables of some of the best restaurants and important institutions in France (such as the Presidential Palace, Ministries, the Senate and the National Assembly, Michelin-starred restaurants.) The press, too, regularly sings the praises of this family estate, making reference to the numerous medals and prizes awarded by wine specialists. The estate wines are to be savoured one by one like notes on a musical score, each one worthy of attention while together they form the complexity of an opera in which Jean-Luc Baldès is featured as one of the leading tenors of Cahors wine.

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