The Malbec grape has been growing in Cahors for centuries and was also known in the Bordeaux region (as Malbeck or Pressac) but the region of Cahors is surely its true “home”. The wines are extremely dark (they are known as “vin noire” – black wine), rich in tannin, usually ready to drink after 5-10 years of ageing and fruit forward.
If you haven’t discovered Cahors Malbec, you may be asking why you should. I would say you should if you happen to be a fan of well structured wines with intense mouth feel, character, long finish and complexity. The fact that these wines are able to age as well as they do and can maintain in incredible amount of freshness even after 20 years, make them a bargain considering the fair market prices. I had the pleasure of visiting the Jouffreau family of Clos de Gamot in Prayssac… great people and great wines!
Camera & Editing: Finkus Bripp