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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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  • Tannat

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

  • Mission

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Esprit

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Domaine Lagrezette

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

  • Château Latuc

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

  • Clos La Coutale

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

  • Château de Gaudou

    Cahors a noble and strong name, Cahors a city, a vineyard, and more importantly a Wine. These thr...

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Cahors on Snooth

  • Black Cahors malbecs from France, near Tannat territory, could well work for you. Have you tried Amarone from the Veneto, in a different-but-possibly-workable(for you) style? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?

  • Redagic  Malbec originated in France but the taste of a wine is not only ... ... and sweeter' and Cahors is 'more tannic and acidic' but each wine is different.  Chateau du Cedre is regarded as one of the better Cahors and one of several which I have enjoyed and reviewed on here.I was served a Loire valley malbec this summer when I stayed at ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Mark brings up a point about blending...Cahors regulations require at least 70% Malbec to be in the blend, though it's normally 80-90% I believe, recalling the last one I had at 90%In the states, 75% of the main varietal is required in order to label the wine by that varietal. Though, I don't think it's very common to blend Malbec with other var... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • And, Malbec (like just about every other grape) is also grown in California. ... that Jon Derry made about Cahors being a blend of Malbec and Merlot.  In these blends, it might  be difficult to ascertain exacly which grape varieties are used.  The producer may itemize the grape variety content on the label--usually the back--or he may not.  Ho... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Cahors is a region in France, just as Mendoza is a region in Argentina. Argentine malbecs are generally larger, higher in alcohol, 'rounder' and sweeter. What some people call fruit bombs, though there are exceptions. The sweet fruitiness is generally what makes them so approachable by new drinkers. It's easier for the grape to produce that much... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Very possible Red, that some or many the Malbec vines in Mendoza were grafted from Cahors France. In Cahors, they usually blend in some Merlot which makes it interesting. The wines are typically a little lower in alcohol, maybe a little more tannin and acidity.However, what makes Mendoza a special place for Malbec is the elevation. It's unfortun... Read More

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  • Thank you Duncan. You have created a question in my mind about Cahors France. Isnt the grape in a mendoza Malbec an export from the gapes in cahors ? I think I read somewhere those grapes were nearly wiped out in some natural disaster event like a drought or something but that some precious vines were taken to Argentina and took well to the moun... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Welcome Redagic. I have also enjoyed malbec but most of those I have tried have been from Cahors in France rather than Argentina. Read More

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  • Clos la Coutale Malbec Blend Cahors 2008


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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • 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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