Dark purple, neatly black- which is appropriate for the region. Cherry, tar, blackberry and bramble notes on the nose. The palate is a touch thin but has black fruits, creosote and hints of lavender. It has a nice acidity with some very gentle tannins. Mid palate has some good juiciness made up of plums and blackberry. The tail end is short and sweet, as in enjoyable. Plums, earth and violets round it out. 88 points and for $12 this is a good value that gets 3 stars from me. Salut….
I do love me some Cahors- the Black Wine of the French Southwest region made primarily from Malbec grapes. This one was not as tannic and in-your-face as other Cahors I have tried. A dark purple color in the glass with a nose of plum, blackberry and oaky vanilla. On the palate, very smooth intro to blueberry ganache, some purple plums and a certain spice that I can’t pinpoint. The tannins are integrated yet somewhat green. They show up on the back end with more force. The finish is decent with tannins hitting the gums and a purple fruit finish. I think this wine is at peak with another year or two before it’s too late. 87 points. It retails for $12 and gets 3 stars from me. Salut….
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….
To put the words Malbec and Cahors together in the title is a bit redundant. The only wines allowed in the AOC are Malbecs, a minimum of 70% with either Tannat or Syrah allowed into the blend. It is also known as the Black Wine, due to the style in this region. Unlike Malbecs from Argentina, this style is much more tannic, less fruit forward and much more intense. These are generally age worthy and backwards yet can offer much up front pleasure if treated right.
This particular bottle costs about $15 and is a great starting point for those looking to explore Cahors. As I mentioned earlier this wine was expected to be dark in the glass, no problem- it was black. A funky nose of tar, black fruits and oak that kept rolling over and changing was intriguing. Tannic and brooding with some juicy acidity, plums, cola, black cherry and creosote hit the palate in stages. Some funky notes were interplayed and I noted that this wine is less fruity yet more structured than most, belying it’s heritage and style. We ended up running it through an aerator to try and tame some of the tannins and to help blow off some of the funk, it worked. The wine mellowed somewhat with some air time and was very approachable. For me this is an 88 point wine and worthy of 3 stars. If you try a Cahors, keep an aerator on hand just in case and perhaps pair it with some hearty fare. Salut….
Cahors is a region in central France that produces ‘the Black Grape’. The Malbec’s from this region are extremely dark, tannic and usually delicious. They differ from Argie Malbecs because the South American version is far more fruit driven and the Old World style is for deeper extraction and more tannic substance, plus the terroir is totally different.
This bottle was flawed. It just tasted bad. It had good intentions, with an almost black appearance in the glass and some enticing aromas of Asian pear and black cherry. On the palate, there was an off flavor that destroyed any hope of it being enjoyable. I am not dismissing this wine just yet, I think it was corked. It’s a shame really as the components all seemed to be in place. The dryness of the hefty tannins was exactly what I was looking for and the acidity was there to balance it. I may look for another bottle to re-taste. This wine got an 89 from WE and it was only $13 which would have made it a 4 star wine. Salut….