Cahors is the historic home of the Malbec grape and the limestone hillsides along the Lot river provide the perfect undergirding to the exuberant dark fruit this grape gives. Mas de Périé has been in the family for 4 generations and was passed on to Fabien Jouves just over 10 years ago. His intention was to become a doctor and to leave the family business behind. After all, his family had been selling off their juice in bulk so why continue. But something drew him back. The process of returning the vineyards to their natural state began as soon as he took the reins. Fabien converted the vineyards to biodynamic farming and has also turned his attention to rejuvenating the family’s native varieties like Jurançon Noir. Mas de Périé is located in the village of Trespoux Rassiels on the Haut Plateau the top terrace and highest elevation of the Cahors. The soil here is complex clay and Quercy limestone - a brilliant white tufo style of limestone that is soft and very permeable. Fermentation takes place in inert cement tank with native yeast with minimal sulfur and the wines are not fined or filtered. Jouve’s wines have great purity and character without the rusticity or gratuitous new oak embellishment that mar some Cahors. The Les Escures, with half de-stemmed fruit and tank aging, has deep flavors of damson plum, black currant, black berry, smoke, licorice and spice with well integrated tannin.