Some wines aspire to ring-tones, these wines are epic ballads.
They take some time to yield in the glass, they are not instant and fun, you could say they are gruff and unfriendly; but once the story in the glass unfolds, it’s worth the wait.
Cahors, in South West France, has been a wine region since Bordeaux was only a swamp. Yet, they’ve only been accepted as an French wine appellation since 1971.
They’re the outsider; dark, gothic and medieval, which makes me like them even more….
If you live in the UK try these “easy-to-drink” examples, all under £10, for a night, darkly:
• 2004 Cahors, Le Petit Clos Triguedina (Waitrose)
Blackberry and graphite flavours minus usual mouth-puckering
• 2005 Cahors, Château Gaudou, Tradition (Majestic)
Distinct licorice flavours with some Merlot to soften it out
• 2002 Château Paillas Cahors (Nicholas)
Classic Malbec aroma with spicy black fruit
Listening to: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! by Nick Cave. All things I said about wines from Cahors, can equally be applied to this album.
Link: vintage Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds youtube clip
Link: For more about wines from Cahors: French Malbec