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Frequently asked questions

Why did you use screw caps on your [cox]* wines ?

Because this is the best closure for our wines. The screw-cap offers less permeabilty to air than normal corks that allows the preservation of the sensitive fruity flavours of our wines that can be easily oxidized. The screw-cap is also the warranty to get the same quality from one bottle to the other without any cork taste. You must know it : 5 to 7% of the bottles sold would be corky !! 

How was created the [cox]* brand ?

A summer evening, as we were enjoying a glass of wine in the garden, we were surprised to find a really unpleasant taste in a Cahors wine. I said "It smells like if there was an horse in my glass, it must come from a contamination yeast". Thibault replied "it is really a shame because if you take off this obvious defect, this grape variety Malbec has an amazing potential to produce some good fruity wines; you as a winemaker, do you think you would be able to produce a better wine, and that wine, I will sell it !!". I challenged Thibault, and that rang the beginning of our story. As we were emptying the bottle, we were getting more and more enthusiastic. "Now, we need to find a name for our small malbec" Thibault said. At that moment, a ladybug came suddenly from the sky and landed on the edge of my glass. As we were quietly watching her, she turned around the glass before to fly away. Without any doubt, we decided to name our wine in honour to that ladybug [cox]* . cox, in french, is the nickname ot the ladybug that is called "coccinelle".

How long can my [cox]* wines be cellaring for ?

Life is too short to not enjoy it ! It doesn't make sense to keep our wines in your cellar, they are not made to age but to be drunk simply NOW. Enjoy the moment and the fruit of our wines shortly after their purchase. You can cellar our Malbec and Pinot Noir for 2 years from the month of september of the vintage and 16 months for the Colombard.

Why is the ladybug nicknamed "God beast" in french ?

In the old times, during the middle age, a man was charged with a crime he did not commit. Its judges condemned him to be beheaded. As the poor guy laid his head on the log, he noticed a ladybug. As he didn't want to hurt it, he took the ladybug away from the instrument of torment. The judges who were present saw this gesture. They looked with astonishment and, by mutual agreement, decided that a man who showed such a sensitive heart could not be a criminal. The innocent was paroled immediately, and the spectators who believed that God had sent the bug to save the condemned gave spontaneously to the insect the name of "God Beast".

Why is the ladybug such an amazing bug in the vineyards ?

The ladybug is an amazing bug. When we had a close look at our vineyard, we realized the ladybud was naturally present in the Lot, Gascony and Pyrenees'vineyards where our wines are made. In the vineyard, it is a very useful animal as the ladybug eats the pests and the naughty bugs of the vine. The beetle larva, fearsome predatory can swallow up to 60 aphids a day.

Why are the [cox]* wines Vins de Pays and not Appellations d'Origine contrôlées ?

For many reasons! First, we chose to use innovative techniques inspired by the vineyards of the "new world" to reveal the fruity character of our wines. In France, the legislation is stricter for AOC. The techniques we want to use are mostly forbidden by the "Institut National des Appellations d'Origine" but authorized on "Vins de Pays". Some of our varieties come from other vineyards and arrived recently in the Southwest of France. Now, they are perfectly adapted but did not obtain the right to produce AOC wines. The "Vin de Pays" choice was the best option to give you some modern fruity wines.

Are the [COX]* wines made with organically grown grapes ?

No, they are produced according integraded farming principles. In organic viticulture, the frequent and late use of copper sulfate as a fungicide against downy mildew can penalize the aromatic potential of the wine. Indeed the copper sprayed on the grappes can be lately found in the musts and contribute to the enzymatic destruction of some interesting grape flavours. In order to produce some fruity wines, we decided not to produce some organic wines.

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