CALIFORNIA
HAWAII
CROCUS WINES
CAHORS , FRANCE

Crocus wines are a quest to redefine Malbec in its birthplace, combining old world, ancient terroirs with new world vision. Crocus takes its name from the famed Crocus Sativus flower, prized for producing the spice saffron. The Crocus flower has been grown and harvested in the Cahors region since the 14th century.

The Partnership: 

A partnership between Paul Hobbs, internationally renowned winemaker and Malbec specialist, and Bertrand Gabriel Vigouroux, whose family has been producing wine in Cahors, France since the 1880’s, Crocus wines redefine Malbec from its birthplace. With a wine history dating back to Roman times, Cahors is one of the oldest wine regions in France. Paul Hobbs and Bertrand Gabriel Vigouroux allow us to rediscover this region shaped by the Lot river that runs through the Quercy province (Cahors region), offering distinct terroirs. 

Three Unique Terroirs: 

Crocus wines are composed of Malbec selected from three recognized Cahors terroirs provided by the Massif Central mountains and the meandering Lot river: the Plateau and the 4th and 3rd Terraces located in the Valley.

The plateau above the valley is made up mostly of Kimmeridgian limestone with iron rich red clays and patches of rare blue clay lending structure and energy to the wine. The 4th terrace is formed from eroded materials from the plateau and the very ancient alluvial soils of the lot river; a combination of clay, gravel and pebble. This vineyard site gives red fruit and hints of rustic earthiness to the wines. The 3rd terrace sits right below the 4th Terrace, and with its very ancient alluvial deposits of clay, pebble and sand bring bold, black fruit and supple tannins, adding roundness to the wines, much like merlot.

The Wines: 

Driven by their passion and expertise, Paul Hobbs and Bertrand Gabriel Vigouroux established Crocus to bring about the evolution of Malbec in its birthplace, Cahors. The three Crocus wines, L’ Atelier, Le Calcifère, and La Roche Mère, are 100% Malbec, blended from three historical vineyard sites, each with their own terroir and microclimate. 

COUNTRY France
REGION Southwest
APPELLATION(S) Cahors
PROPRIETORS Paul Hobbs and Bertrand Gabriel Vigouroux
FOUNDED 2011
WINEMAKER
ANNUAL PRODUCTION
FARMING
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Conventional

The Plateau: The Massif Central mountain in the middle of France was formed during the Kimmeridgian period (a sub-Jurassic period), revealing what is referred to today as Kimmeridgian limestone, a revered soil type also found in Chablis, Burgundy. Reaching an elevation of 980 ft, these plateaus referred to as ‘les Causses’, contain an additional layer of iron rich clays with patches of rare blue clay, lending structure and energy to the wine.

The Valley: Like the Grand Canyon, the Lot valley was carved by the river during the former Quaternary geological period, leaving stepped terraces containing varying soil types.

4th Terrace: At an average elevation of 788 ft, this terrace sits just below the edge of the Plateau on the slope, offering a mix of limestone scree from the Plateau and the very ancient alluvial soils of the Lot river - a composition of clays, gravel and pebbles. This mix offers a layer of red fruit and hints of rustic earthiness to the wines.

3rd Terrace: This terrace is situated closer to the river at an average elevation of 558 ft and is primarily composed of very ancient alluvial deposits - clay, pebble ("galets roulés") and sand. These elements bring bold, black fruit and supple tannins, adding roundness to the wines, much like Merlot.