2005 Château La Caminade "La Commandery" Cahors

SKU #1041312

This estate has been around since well before the French Revolution, resting in the hands first of the clergy (who knew something about making fine wine!) and then, since 1895, in the hands of the family Resses. This particular wine, made from 97% cot and 3% malbec, undergoes the strictest of winemaking regimens. Leafs are thinned and yield is limited to a maximum 40 hectolitres/hectare. And grapes are 100% destalked and sorted fallowed by a long maceration and maturation in oak barrels of which 50% are new each year. This is one to decant, as it shows that telltale tannin that put Cahors on the map hundreds of years ago. However with air and/or cellar time, it offers a robust and rich impression that calls for hearty red meat and goes down miraculously easy! La Commandery is textbook Cahors, with nuances of deep plum damp earth, black currant, smoke and licorice notes on both the nose and palate. 14% abv.

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Southwest France

Alcohol Content (%): 14