By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2010 | Send Email
The ancient Cahors vineyards have supplied powerful wines to the Popes in Avignon and Russian Tsars, and its colorful history stretches back to Roman times. Its most heralded grape — Malbec, also known as Côt or Auxerrois, exhibits robust, sometimes rustic flavor components quite different from the fruitier versions so familiar to lovers of the modern, fashionable Argentinian strain, possibly because the cuttings for that South American country originated from Bordeaux vines, not Cahors. Isolation has its virtues, of course, and for six generations the Bernède family has cultivated their winning style, a harmony of redcurrants, mulberries, light char and violets on the palate, and with the current addition of 20% Merlot, more medium-bodied, rounder and accessible. Malbec is a grape capable of evolving over time, so you might want to lay some down for a few years to see where it will go. Lovely wine, incredible value. Pair with a hearty stew, grilled meats or goat cheese crostini.