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Crocus Malbec de Cahors 2011

  • WE91
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  • JS90
750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep purple, with touches of fuchsia on the rim. An intense malbecdisplaying aromas of red cherry, blueberry, rose petal, ripe Italianplum, black licorice and spice box. The palate is concentrated andbright, cascading with focused flavors of black cherry, red plum, milk chocolate, talc and hints of butterscotch and star anise, supported by fine-grained tannins.

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
One of two wines produced as a joint venture between California vintner Paul Hobbs and Cahors producer Bertrand Vigouroux, Crocus is aged 50% in new wood. It is ripe, smooth and powerful, a dense wine with dusty tannins and dark black plum flavors. It is just about ready to drink.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Full-bodied, with fine-grained tannins and a firm, zesty acidity that highlights the raspberry and currant flavors. Fresh herb and floral undertones are accentuated by sweet spice notes that linger on the finish.
JS 90
James Suckling
A firm and savory red with ripe strawberry, mineral and terracotta undertones. Full-bodied yet subtle and focused. Lots of firm tannins and bright acidity. Drink or hold. A malbec from California's Paul Hobbs, better known for his top reds from the same grape varietal in Argentina. Made with Paul Bertrand.
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Crocus

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Crocus, France
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Crocus is a partnership between internationally renowned winemaker and malbec specialist Paul Hobbs, and Bertrand Vigouroux, whose family has been producing wine in Cahors, France since the 1860's.

Paul's work with malbec in Mendoza, Argentina brought world-wide attention to the variety, and provided inspiration for new styles to emerge.

The Vigouroux family has over 150 years of experience with malbec in Cahors, where the grape has flourished since Roman times.

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Cahors

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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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Malbec

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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originated 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.

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