Prunelard, Father of Malbec
The Prunelard grape (alternatively known as Prunelart or 'Red-stemmed Cot') is a forgotten father to todays popular Malbec, and can be very easily mistaken for it. Preserved in the 20th century after nearly being destroyed by disease in the 19th, Prunelard is used primarily in the Gaillac region of South West France, where it is making a comeback to help produce wines of true character and quality.
However, it is still very rarily used as it is known to be potentially low-yielding, and thus few winemakers are willing to plant it. The name 'Prunelard' comes from the french translation of 'Prune', 'Plum' because of the distinctive aromas of plums the wine produced out of Prunelard gives. On the palate they are typically similar to a Malbec, although they possess a greater complexity.
Our featured wine made from the Prunelard grape is produced by Domaine Barreau, a vineyard also from the Gaillac region of the South West of France. Located 2 miles from Gaillac in Boissel over 34 hectares, the Domaine is known for their serious approach to wine making, with the Barreau family making top quality wines year after year. It has been ran by the family since 1865, and a total of five generations of winemakers have followed: Jacques, Louis, Augustin, Yves and Jean-Claude.
The wine itself expresses notes of ripe fruit such as plums and liquorice and offers a round wine; ample, elegant and typical. We recommend at least two hours breathing for this wine, decanting most certainly required to gain the best possible experience of the Prunelard grape. With food, we advise pairing it with red meat or cheeses.
The wine is available at £20.70 per bottle, from the following link: