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Chateau Lamartine Cahors 2011

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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#94 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014

Light red color, strong nose, light woody smell with slight hint of licorice and little red smashed fruits. Strong but not harsh taste. This wine will very well.

Critical Acclaim

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There's a ripe plushness to the dried blackberry, fig and tobacco flavors that lengthen out on the spice-infused midpalate. Baker's chocolate, cream and vanilla notes power the finish. Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2019
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Chateau Lamartine

Chateau Lamartine

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Chateau Lamartine, Cahors, Southwest, France
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A family estate originating from the Gallo-Romaine era, this traditional vineyard is located on th terraces of the Lot valley. In 1878 the Philloxera attack destroyed it.

From 1920, Edouard Serougne, Alain Gayraud’s grandfather, courageously and persistently re-organized the vineyard thanks to some Malbec stocks that survived.

From 1930 onwards, at a time when the wine region was recovering, he went on to motivate his few remaining colleagues to found the first union to defend the wines of Cahors. He also became one of a group of 15 who revived the "Confrerie des vins de Cahors".

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.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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