In case you forgot, Malbec comes from Bordeaux. And here's a super example. Combines the ripe black fruits and mild spiciness we know from the Argentinian version, with a lovely Old World savouriness. Excellent.
There were over 5,000 hectares of ‘Pressac’, the local name for Malbec, planted in the Gironde in the 1960s. Today, there are less than 900 hectares. This single hectare of 50 year old vines was planted by Jean-Louis Trocard on the gravel and iron-rich soils in Les Artigues-de-Lussac. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, with an annual production of around 6,000 bottles.
"Vignerons depuis 1620" ensures that the Trocard family are certainly one of, if not the oldest vine growers in the Gironde. Originally from Fronsac, they migrated to Saint-Émilion after the marriage of André Trocard to Thérèse Renard in 1918. With the wedding dowry came 20 hectares of vines in Les Artigues-de-Lussac and Saint-Émilion.
André worked the land himself, with the help of his wife and one ouvrier. After the Second World War, the family firm was handed onto Jean, the son of André and Thérèse. Jean’s own son, Jean-Louis (after whom the modern day business takes its name), took over in 1976 and, by 1982, the family had a total of 50 hectares under their ownership. Today, the firm is run by Jean-Louis and Elizabeth’s eldest son, Benoît. He joined his parents in 2002, after finishing business studies in Reims and working harvests in the Yarra Valley in the early 2000s. He qualified as an oenologist in his own right in 2003. He now represents the 15th generation of the famille Trocard in the region.