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Gautoul Cahors 2009

Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
    12.5% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    Chateau Gautoul 2009 is a deeply colored, generous wine with ripe tannins and ample body. The perfectly ripe Malbec was harvested under ideal conditions in late September as each vineyard parcel attained maturity. The 2009 vintage shows accessible flavors of cassis, blackberry, truffles, dark chocolate and spice make it a great expression of the unique and venerable Cahors appellation.

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    Gautoul, Cahors, Southwest, France
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    The "pays de Quercy" is known for the bridge in Cahors Valentré, imposing fortified bridge spanning the Lot, but also to the antiquity of its wine history. The wines of Cahors existed since the sixth century, and were offered for sale at auction in London in 1225. The Chateau Gautoul is a beautiful seventeenth century-style chateau in perfect condition and has retained its authenticity. It offers breathtaking views of the village of Puy l'Eveque and the lot. The south-facing vineyard of clay and limestone soil makes it perfect for the maturity of the grapes typical of the controlled Cahors appellation.

    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.

    HNYLGACAS09C_2009 Item# 143989