2008 Cahors Chateau La Coustarelle "Tradition"

SKU #1082075

Château la Coustarelle is owned by Michel and Nadine Cassot and located in the village of Prayssac, next to the renowned Clos de Gamot. Today, their daughter Caroline has officially taken over winemaking duties and is showcasing the deep plush fruit of the appellation's signature malbec grape. Their 30-year-old vines are planted on slopes that give yields of between 45-50 hl/ha. This blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot shows a deep ruby color. Delicate nuances of vanilla on the nose buttresses substantial amounts of lucious fruit. On the palate, this medium + bodied red exhibits plenty of ripe blackberry fruit on the palate, along with a hint of licorice. Fine tannin is extremely well-integrated on the finish. Delicious now and over the next several years with cassoulet or roast duck!

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 By: Emme |  Review Date: 2/7/2012 
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Very nice wine. Very nice value. It's true to Cahors' reputation as 'the black wine'. A touch rustic which was nice with my red-wine demanding meal. It has good color for such a low price. As a bonus, it's imported by Charles Neal who I worship for his Armagnac and Calvados and other wacky wines/spirits.
Drink from 2012 to 2015

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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Southwest France