Chateau La Caminade Cahors La Commandery 2008
Malbec from France
Deeply colored, almost black in appearance. A ripe fruit nose with notes of elegant wood. On the palate is flowery & spicy with persistent & juicy flavors of plum, damp earth, black currant, smoke & licorice notes. It leaves a feeling of fullness in the mouth that is round & harmonious. This is a textbook classic Cahors, so there is definitely a strong presence of tannin. Decant it & you'll enjoy a smooth, robust & beautiful wine that goes perfectly with hearty meats. Very impressive!
Wine Enthusiast - "Toasty aromas are followed by intense black plum fruits twisted with tannins and polished with wood. It’s an impressive, powerful wine, with a complex structure. Firm at this stage, it need 4-5 years at least to age. "
Chateau La Caminade Winery
Château La Caminade has been a family run estate for many generations. A place full of history, belonging to the clergy until the French Révolution, when the monks knew how to choose the best soils and produced the very best wines.
In 1895 Antonin Ressès inherited the estate & spent his life rebuilding & enlarging the Domaine. In 1973, immediately after Cahors was awarded A.O.C. status (1971), Marcel Ressès & his son Léonce took charge of the estate. The Château soon won recognition as one of the standard setters of the appellation, being awarded numerous medals & favorable mentions in the Hachette guide & Revue des Vins de France.
Today, Léonce & his sons, Dominique & Richard, run a domain of 35 hectares. The family traditions, exceptional situation of the vineyards, constant care for the land & the strictest of winemaking techniques, combine to create one of the finest jewels in the Cahor crown. View all Chateau La Caminade Wines
About Other French
Vin de Pays(vahn duh peh-YEE)
One of the lower levels in the French Classification system, Vin de Pays is an intermediary wine, created for vineyards who were not quite AC, but vastly superior to Vin de Table wine. Vin de Pays has restrictions similar to the AC, but on a lesser scale. Regulations include specified region, minimum alcohol level and grape varieties. The wine also goes through a tasting panel. Some winemakers able to make wine at an AC level, instead choose to create wine at the Vin de Pays level as it allows more flexibility in grape varieties and yields. There are five regional Vin de Pays, with the most popular being Vin Pays d'Oc (from Languedoc & Roussillon). Vin de Pays wines offer wonderful value and good wine finds.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.