Cahors Wine

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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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Varietals Produced in Cahors View all

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Tannat

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

  • Esprit

  • Malbec

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

Popular Wineries in Cahors View all

  • Domaine du Garinet

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

  • Château de Gaudou

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

  • Château la Caminade

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

  • Château de Haute-Serre

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

  • Clos La Coutale

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

  • Domaine Lagrezette

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

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Cahors on 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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    Wine review by dghelen


  • 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

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  • 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


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