Black wine is back, Cahors

A useful post reminding us all that there is much more to explore beyond Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, or Napa, Marlborough and Burgundy. Cahors is within a beautifully diverse region of France, Occitanie, and deserves exploration directly or indirectly from their wines.

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In 2014 we traveled to Montpellier, France to attend the organic wine fair Millesime Bio. Planning ahead, various samples from leading Cahors estates who did not participate in the show, were sent to the hotel. This mission was quickly set back after tasting the traditionally-made Black Wine from Malbec after breakfast. The nose was not giving and gritty tannins reduced the enjoyment of the young wines to zero. Thoughts were how long would one need to wait for them to mature and display the characteristic undergrowth and plum aromas? Never, ever? These wines do progress glacially.

At the fair we were luckily offered an altogether different experience with many producers using different winemaking techniques to soften the tannins and making wines earlier fleshier. Meeting Daniel Fournié and tasting his wines we quickly realized these will offer more in the glass than most Bordeaux at the same price.

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  1. The French countryside is idyllic. I have that on my bucket list, since my only trip to France was in Paris proper.

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  2. A few years ago I won a competition in the Times newspaper for an all expenses paid holiday in a chateau in Cahors. They didn’t serve wine in chipped jugs!

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