Domaine Cosse-Maisonneuve After gaining considerable expertise at Cocumont cooperative winery-located right in the middle of the South-West winegrowing region- Matthieu Cosse set up a domain with freshly arrived Catherine Maisonneuve of famous Château Léoville Las Casès. 1999 was their first vintage so yes, this is a young pair ! They first rented 5 hectares of vineyards but today they own not less than 17 hectares in Prayssac not far from Cahors on the riverbank of the Lot River. Soon they turned to biodynamic practices which restricted yields and made it possible to produce amazing wines so different from the traditional Cahors standards. The vines spread on two disctinct terroirs which are vinified separately. One-on Cournou ‘plateau’ lies on a mix of clay and limestone and give full-bodied and made for cellaring wines. The second one in Prayssac-in the valley-produce fleshy, supple and fruity wines.
The soils are ploughed and the vines sprayed with homeopathic treatments. The grapes are hand- picked at optimal maturity, closely checked on the sorting table by Mathieu and Catherine and de-stemmed. “No need to extract extra tannins from a variety like Malbec” says Catherine. Weather conditions and low yields bring natural balance with thick skins and little juice. Fermentations starts with indigenous yeasts. Long vatting time, neither pumping over of the must nor filtration give silky-textured, ethereal, finely-chiselled wines. No new wood and only barrels of several wines are used for maturing the wines without imparting a too woody character to them. Only the top-of-the-range “Les Laquets” cuvée will be matured in new oak or 1-wine barrels for up to 22 months.