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Chateau du Cayrou Cahors 2014

Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Bright red fruits, pepper, and roasted coffee on the nose. On the palate, the wine is lively, fresh, and a little spicy, with balanced acidity and a long finish -- making it compellingly easy to drink.

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    Chateau du Cayrou, Cahors, Southwest, France
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    Chateau du Cayrou is a family vineyard of located at Puy L'Eveque, Lot 3rd place of interest, in the heart of Cahors Appellation. The 17th century castle, its park planted in 1856 make it one of the most beautiful wine estates of the area. "Cayrou" means gravel, and the soil is characterized by the high proportion of gravel. This specificity make the soil very draining, which facilitates ripening and softens the tannins. The vines are 35 years old, 90% planted with Malbec and 10% with Merlot. Malbec is a tannic variety that gives the structure of the wine and Merlot is more round and makes the wine silky.

    Within the Southwest of France, this is the one region outside of Argentina that is today almost exclusively dependent on Malbec. Locally the variety is called Cot, and makes a dense, earthy and black fruit dominant red wine. Both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean both have a strong influence on the climate of this region.

    Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

    In the Glass

    Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, appropriately backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

    Perfect Parings

    Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

    Sommelier Secret

    If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

    EWLFRCHCCAY14_2014 Item# 370071