A potted history.
The Ilberts have been farming vines in Cahors since 1901 but selling grapes to the local co-op. However, between 1998 and 2005, Julien phased out the selling of his grapes and created Combel-la-Serre. He and his wife Sophie today farm 26 hectares at 320-350 metres above sea level on the highest reaches of la causse, an old Occitan term for the region’s famed limestone plateau. They shun Bordeaux grapes as an addition to the local Malbec (otherwise known here as Auxerrois) and avoid using oak on many wines, so letting the pure fruit of these special grapes ring true.