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Cahors is an appellation in the southwest of France. The main grape variety used is Malbec, with up to 30 percent of Merlot and Tannat permitted. The region has a long history; it was once known as the “black wine” of Lot because of its inky color. After a period of decline,there has been a resurgence of interest in Cahors due to Malbec’s popularity in Argentina. Because they are comparatively unknown and often very good, these wines represent great value. Some are capable of very long aging.
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  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Auxerrois

    Auxerrois' tendency towards low acidity makes it suitable to cooler climates, such as England, Ontario's Niagara Peni...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Tannat

    History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction o...

  • Esprit

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Cahors View all

  • Clos La Coutale

    The Clos La Coutale, a 60 hectares estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of...

  • Domaine du Garinet

    We are a small winery making quality red Cahors wine from 100% malbec, rosé malbec, and chardonna...

  • Château la Caminade

    It was in about 1895 that Antonin Ressès inheriled the Domaine du Château la Caminade. This place...

  • Château Latuc

    Chateau Latuc is situated deep in the heart of rural Southwest France near Cahors. Cahors wines h...

  • Domaine Lagrezette

    The 55 meters long and 19 meters deep underground cellars of the Domaine de Lagrezette were devis...

  • Château de Haute-Serre

    From an old Lot line, working for over a century in the wine business the Vigouroux family has ga...

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  • Clos la Coutale Malbec Blend Cahors 2008

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    Wine review by dghelen


  • That's why I said, Fox, when you find a good one. I was surprised first ... ... the first time I had Cahors, by a long shot). By that time I had already had several disgusting Argentines, so I was doubly pleased. A decade or more of so-so French malbec, then a year or two of farcical Mendozas, then a revisit to the backwoods of Cahors and vic... Read More

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  • I had a couple Cavallotto Barolos that certainly smelled, umm, poopy upon ... ... I've had few bottles of Cahors (including another one that smelled poopy, as the vender told me it would) and it didn't float my boat.&nbs Read More

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  • Cahors, Fox. Better than the Cot up the Loire, which is in many cases, however, better than Argentine. Black Cahors can shock you when you find the right one. "Petrol aromatics"?  Is that something desirable?  I would expect a 2003 Zinfandel to be way past its prime by now.Petrol is something common to Riesling at a certain point in its aging. I... Read More

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  • Georges Vigouroux Cahors le Gouleyant 2013

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    Nice smooth wine. Not much to the nose but a nice finish. Perhaps will try with a decanter next time. Read More

    Wine review by dylanjmcdonald


  • I was taught by a chef a couple of generations my elder 'cook with the ... ... even some Cot/Malbec from Cahors. I tend to get creative with that dish, anyway, and sometimes add vegetables that might make a purist blanch, and I try to match those additions to the wine I'm using.This could go on a bit, so perhaps, Diego, you might start another... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Clos la Coutale Cahors 2011

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    At home. From crown. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Chateau du Caillau 2012

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    A first French Malbec for me (bought it at Jubilation Wine & Spirits - the best Liquor Store in Abq.). Loads of fruit compared to most of the Argentinian Malbecs I have had. Starts out with a 'jelly' fruit smell that quickly turns smokey and jammy, then a bit more smoke. Long, long finish which - surprise has a hickory barbecue taste along with... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • That's why I said above *besides* much of Bordeaux and some of ... ... there's that area from Cahors up into the bottom of Bordeaux. Suppose you just naturally get crafty to make headway in that socialized-yet-competitive marketplace. And the French usually consider the Italians to be their masters in agricultural Machiavellianism.Anyway, bott... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Greetings to all from sunny Languedoc, thanks for taking the time to resond, I ... briefly to the questions: Cahors is not in Languedoc-Roussillon (it's the next region across to the west, Midi-Pyrénees) so it's not my area of expertise, sorry. How best to enjoy the French Catalan coast? If you're travelling in holiday season, I'd suggest head... Read More

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  • There are about 60000 hectares in the Cahors AOC region. I live near Cahors and can thoroughly recommend the original Malbec wines. Try, if you can find it, Chateau Chambert, my tip to be the finest wine in the area within the next 5 years. Stéphane Derenoncourt from Bordeaux is advising this chateau at the moment. The owner has/had a successfu...

    Comment by 328565John masdeflory 328565 John masdeflory


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