Clos la Coutale Cahors 12b-1 2007

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Clos de Coutale is a rare beast; a Cahors which combines a noble and tannic<br/>history with modern, fruity accesibility, achieved by blending the indigenous<br/>Auxerrois grape (better known as Malbec)with the more familiar Merlot. This<br/>wine succeeds because it maintains something of the classic Cahors rigour but<br/>adds an attractive almost velvety texture. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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  • 2007

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Winery: Clos La Coutale
Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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Clos La Coutale:
The Clos La Coutale, a 60 hectares estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of the valley amid the meanders of the river Lot. Its soil is particulary suitable for vines, for it contains gravels, silicates and limestone clays. Because of the lie of the land, facing south-west, the estate is sheltered from the cold winds that blow from the "Causse" region (an upland plateau), a... Read more
The Clos La Coutale, a 60 hectares estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of the valley amid the meanders of the river Lot. Its soil is particulary suitable for vines, for it contains gravels, silicates and limestone clays. Because of the lie of the land, facing south-west, the estate is sheltered from the cold winds that blow from the "Causse" region (an upland plateau), and consequently it enjoys a micro-climate which ensures that the vines and their fruit ripen fully early in the season. The vine-plants belong to the two types that are traditionnaly used in the making of the Cahors wine : COT or MALBEC. This is the basic vin-plant, 80%. Its round grapes, their thick skin, rich in colouring matter and in tanin, lend character to this laying-down wine. Merlot. Up to 20%, it tones down the youthful hardness of Cahors wine, and it improves the bouquet. Read less

Member Reviews for Clos la Coutale Cahors 12b-1

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Snooth User: Wolle
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3.00 5
02/15/2010

My rating 86. Restrained nose with hint of overripe grapes in the begining otherwise well balanced nose. full bodied dry firm wine with fine grained tannins. Good balance. I don't know how wine spectator rated this 90 points . compared to many argentinian wines this is not a good deal $ 13.-


Snooth User: acme
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3.00 5
12/30/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Clos la Coutale Cahors 12b-1

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

#76 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 200990 Points - Wine Spectator Big, rich and darkly colored, these are the descriptors for the best red wines from the Cahors district of southwest France. The leadi


External Review
12/11/2009

Astonishing elegance, red fruit with spicy overtones. A well-constructed wine. Clos La Coutale can be drunk young thanks to its good fruit, but has great aging potential, between 10-20 years.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
06/20/2009

If you're sick of drinking the same old Sangiovese or Primitivo with your pizza, this Malbec with a touch of Merlot makes a great alternative. It's perfectly rustic and earthy with great, food-friendly tannins and a dose of wild Mediterranean flavor.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
01/23/2010

#76 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009 90 Points - Wine Spectator "Big, rich and darkly colored, these are the descriptors for the best red wines from the Cahors district of southwest France. The leading grape is Malbec (that’s right, there was Malbec before Argentina) and now a small group of quality-oriented producers is pursuing a higher profile for Malbec in its homeland. Tannat and Merlot can also used in these blends. Besides an array of dark fruit flavors, the following wines from Cahors offer plenty of muscle and dense structures. They beg to be drunk with a juicy rib-eye or a roasted leg of lamb. There’s a good sense of elegance to the well-defined, concentrated flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, followed by notes of sage, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf on the long, powerful finish. Drink now. "



Clos de Coutale is a rare beast; a Cahors which combines a noble and tannic<br/>history with modern, fruity accesibility, achieved by blending the indigenous<br/>Auxerrois grape (better known as Malbec)with the more familiar Merlot. This<br/>wine succeeds because it maintains something of the classic Cahors rigour but<br/>adds an attractive almost velvety texture. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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