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Chateau Lamartine Cahors 2014
Blend: 90% Malbec, 10% Merlot
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.
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.