2018 Clos La Coutale Cahors Malbec

Malbec from France

$18

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Deep, inky purple in color with hints of blackberry, cassis and plum. On the palate the fruit is complemented by an earthy, and slightly spicy finish. Perfect with any sort of meat stew or a burger!

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Malbec

Traditionally from France, Malbec (AKA Côt or Auxerrois) travelled a long way from its origin to Argentina, ultimately finding a home where it could establish itself. Although it is still grown nobly in specifically, Cahors, France. Malbec is loved for its full body, beautiful purple or magenta colors, bold red and black fruit flavors, and smooth chocolatey notes. Cahors Malbec tends to have hefty tannins and can be quite rustic compared to those from Argentina, which are typically more lush and soft. Other notable regions are Chile, the United States and Australia.

Deep in the southwest of France, amidst dramatic rock formations and cliffs, the Lot River slowly snakes its way along the valley floor, coiling covetously around the charming town of Cahors. Once a former Roman town, Cahors was also as a center of commerce during the Middle Ages that served as an important crossroads for pilgrims on the trail to Santiago de Compostella. Cahors is known as the “black wine” of the Southwest—the deeply inky, earthy wines that seem to complement the regional fare of duck (and duck fat!) so wonderfully. Cahors is also the birthplace of Cot, the grape more commonly known as Malbec.

Today, Cahors’ jack-of-all-trades and Renaissance man, Philippe Bernède, continues the family tradition with both heart and ingenuity. Philippe’s vines rest upon the gentle slopes that rise up from the Lot River. He farms sixty hectares of land along the alluvial terraces of the Lot Valley that are rich in siliceous, clay, and limestone soils. The microclimate of the vineyards is ideal, with southwest sun exposure and topographic protection against the frost. Coutale has quite a record of age-worthiness as well and Philippe is not afraid to pull out older vintages of his wines alongside much more expensive Bordeaux. They stand up pretty well! Nothing beats a bécasse or cassoulet with an old Coutale, but a simple steak fits the bill just fine. Philippe’s genius is not only evidenced by his wines—he is also the proud inventor of a successful line of double-hinged corkscrews that stands to change your future bottle-opening experiences!

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