2007 Clos La Coutale Cahors

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90 points and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "There's a 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." (10/09) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Philippe Bernede’s 2007 Cahors – a 80:20 Malbec:Merlot blend – continues Clos la Coutale’s long-running streak of excellence. Smelling – much as did the 2006 – of ripe mulberries, cassis, cardamom, carob, and black walnut husks, it offers a juicy and expansive palate through less sense of density and less textural refinement than that predecessor. Peppery pungency, sirloin juices, and faintly tart black fruits dominate a long if slightly lean finish. Paired properly – especially with grilled meats, where its element of freshness and precisely its lack of weightiness will prove welcome – this will serve admirably over the coming 3-4 years, and might even pick up some richness and further complexity." (08/09)

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Staff Image 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.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5