HB Wine Merchants (HBWM) has been appointmented as U.S. importer for Domaine du Théron, an estate in the Cahors AOC of southwest France, a region known as the birthplace of Malbec.
Domaine du Théron is the latest in a series of additions to the growing HBWM portfolio, including Ferraton Père & Fils, a northern Rhône producer, in May.
“Americans love Malbec and, we believe, are ready to embrace a Malbec that offers the fruit-forward style favored by contemporary wine lovers, along with the architecture and density of a traditional Cahors,” says obert Shack, founding owner, HBWM.
Domaine du Théron is a 30-acre property in the village of Prayssac in the Lot Valley. With its sheltered, sunny terraces, the “Black Wines of Cahors” (a reference to their distinctive inky black color) are a little fleshier and more open, hence ready to drink a bit earlier
Domaine du Théron Cuvée Prestige 2011 (SRP: $18 per 750-ml. bottle) has a minerality that derives from a presence of volcanic soil at the property, the company says which is “unusual in Cahors. It is what drew HBWM to import this estate and prompted its owners, the Pelvillain family, to acquire Domaine du Théron in the first place.” Domaine du Théron Cuvée Prestige is the estate’s flagship wine, a 100% Malbec from the property’s best parcels.
Didier Pelvillain started making wine at Domaine du Théron in 2011, before going on to buy the property in 2013.