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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 but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

    In the Glass

    Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

    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