Who would enjoy Cahors? Bordeaux lovers and people who enjoy elegant but tannic red wines that age well. This wine is mostly Malbec with some Merlot. Showing lovely dark fruits, dried herbs, violets, plums and aromatic spice and cardamom notes. It is quite soft with a hint of grippy fruit tannins. This is certainly not Grand Cru Bordeaux but it does have structure and charm to rival.
Château du Cèdre is widely regarded as the leading estate in Cahors. Most of Chateau du Cedre’s 24 hectares of vineyards are located on the prime “3rd Terrasses” which are so highly prized in this appellation. These are regarded as the best-sited vineyards in Cahors for high-quality wines, where the vines can achieve the best balance without too much moisture. Du Cèdre has four quality levels in their wines, each offering a clear step up in density and intensity. The Verhaeghe family are also a strong driving force in the quality revival of Cahors, helping institute a Quality Charter to help regain the appellation’s rightful glory.
A red only region that has two distinct terroirs but each shares a high amount of ironstone in the soils. Malbec makes up no less than 70% of the blend ably supported by Merlot and Tannat (amongst others). The best wines are dark, mineral, textural and structured with a good ability to improve with time in the cellar.
You are most likely to find Malbec in Argentina rather than its native South West France. A minor player in Bordeaux and the major grape in the underappreciated Cahors. It has long been the star of Argentina. Intense, tannic, dark-fruited wines with nice acidity. Perfect match for a country that consumes a lot of meat. One of the lesser reds of the Bordeaux pantheon due to fickle performance, in Cahors it is the basis for the charmingly rugged Black wine. Also known as Cot and Auxerrois.