2009 Jean-François Merieau "Cent Visages" Touraine Côt (Malbec)
This has vivacious blackberry and loganberry fruit, with sleek acidity and nicely tangy pepper, tobacco and iron notes checking in on the finish. Not big, but shows impressive range nonetheless. Drink now through 2014.
Always a favorite here at K&L, this Côt comes from a single 50-year-old vineyard in Saint Julien de Chedon grown by Jean-François Merieau. Aged in neutral French oak for a year, it shows a side of Malbec that's quite different than the fruity, oaky ones from Argentina that most of us are familiar with. Incredibly concentrated and rustic, in a good way, the Cent Visages has a floral edge, with a core of currant, cherry and plum fruit.