The most traditional of all Argentinian cuvées. Malbec is the much better known part of it: The variety originally comes from Bordeaux, where it is now only found sporadically due to its sensitivity to climatic caprices. It is bottled somewhat more frequently in neighbouring Cahors. However, its true home is now in Mendoza, where it has made a decisive contribution to Argentina's growing reputation as a wine country for more than 100 years.
Bonarda Argentina is a fairly unknown number in this country. It has nothing to do with Bonarda Italiana - as it is known from Emilia Romagna. Rather, it is a synonym for the Savoy grape variety Douce Noir, which was probably brought to Argentina by emigrants in the late 19th century. For a long time used merely as a "working horse", the true potential of the grape variety has been recognised in recent years. In the right locations, with reduced yields and fully matured, it now competes with Malbec in terms of quality and provides an equal partner in the cuvée.
Lucas Pfister from 40/40 cultivates both grape varieties at just under 900 metres above sea level in vineyards based on sandy clay soils. Both grape varieties feel at home up there, but not phylloxera, which is why all the vines are ungrafted and do not require the usual American rootstocks. The maturation process takes place over 12 months in French oak. Coarse filtering and minimal addition of sulphites.
Style & Flavour: In his cuvée Lucas reveals the elegant, filigree and delicate sides of the two grape varieties. It has depth, is vital and powerful, slim and yet full-bodied and suggests earthy, finely spicy and dark fruity aromas.