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Cahors from Julien Ilbert of Château Combel la Serre.
Julien Ilbert. Photo by Jerome Morel.


Julien Ilbert is a young, charismatic vigneron with a fresh perspective on his native Cahors. Vines have been in the Ilbert family for generations, though grapes had always been sold to the local cave coopérative. In 1998, Julien decided to break off and start his own estate. Things didn't exactly go according to plan, and a chance meeting with Mathieu Cosse at a rugby match quickly led to a seven year relationship, with Julien being Mathieu's main source for high quality Auxerrois (aka Malbec, aka Côt).


This visit to Chateau Combel-la-Serre took place in August, 2015.

Words and photos by Jules Dressner.


IGP Côtes du Lot "de La Terre à La Lune"
Soil: clay and limestone
Grape: Vermentino
Age of Vines: 4
Elevation: 320 m
Yields: 23hl/h
Vinification: Whole-cluster direct press. Vinified and aged in stainless steel.


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