Just beyond the south-eastern-most frontier of Bordeaux, lies a distinct wine region that has been virtually the sole French protector of a rather famous wine grape: Malbec. Once a dominant part of the Bordeaux red blend, the phyloxera epidemic in the 1870s, and then the great freeze of the 1950s, wiped out most of the Malbec vines in France. Cahors managed to survive through all of this, with its traditional techniques and adherence to the famous wine of their ancestors (this wine was very much sought after in the 14th Century !). The wine does bear some resemblance to its modern Argentinean relatives. One might consider it more earthy or “rustic” than most of the wines from Mendoza, however.
Marc's Tasting Notes:
Malbecs from Cahors were once called “black wine”, and one look at it tells you why. The wine is a solid dark purple, and almost completely opaque, with a very thin purple-red rim. This French holdout of what today is known as an Argentinean varietal, gives off aromas of wild blueberries, blackberries, and underbrush. The berries and underbrush continue on the palate, with hints of rhubarb and sour cherry making an appearance. The fruits recede during the finish, with the tannins and acidity balance making themselves more prominent. If you drink Malbec, you owe it to yourself to try this cousin of the Argentinean version. Its more rustic and less extracted style might be perfect for pairing with herbed roasts and grilled meats with vegetables.
-- Marc Soucy, FWS CSW
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