After the disappointing Chinon I was hoping for a French retribution in this bottle of Malbec from Cahors. I love the structure of this region, where the wine is inky, tannic and not for the faint of palate. I was not let down….Really dark in the glass- as expected. Tar and graphite nose that were a telltale of what was coming, I was getting excited! Stewed plum and blackberry compote on initial attack that were really interesting yet the wine was not as heavy as I expected, more fruity and uplifting. Quite tannic as expected with a hint of acidity that rounded it out. For the $16 I paid it was a decent effort worthy of 88 points and 3 stars. I would drink it again without hesitation. Salut….