2015 Château Lagrézette "Seigneur de Grézette" Cahors

SKU #1333976 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Produced from old Malbec vines in the second terrace above the River Lot, the wine is darkly concentrated, with solid tannins and generous black fruits. Aging for 12 months has smoothed the square corners to create a wine that is hugely rich and rounded. It has the potential to age and become more opulent. Drink from 2020. (RV)  (7/2017)

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The history of Château Lagrézette goes back to the 12th century. Originally a Medieval fortress occupied the property and it was not until the 15th century when the Château was built over that original foundation and the Malbec grape was cultivated. The property prospered for centuries but like so many others, fell to the Phylloxera epidemic. Abandoned in the 1930s, it wasn't until 1980 when it was rediscovered by current proprietor Alain Dominique Perrin who began a decade long labor of love to restore the property and its vineyards. Bringing in consulting oenologist Michel Rolland, the property has achieved new heights of accolades making some of the regions most profound Malbec based wines. The "Seigneur" is a blend of 87% Malbec with 13% Merlot. Light barrel aging on this cuvee keeps it fresh and focused, showcasing the best that Cahors has to offer.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2018 | Send Email
Cahors as a region has become a bit of a mission for me. I have been singing its praises for years and once I stepped into the role of buyer for the French Regional category, I have made it one of the tenets of my wine program for K&L to educate people about the region and its history as the ancestral home of Malbec. Argentina has helped a little along the way putting Malbec onto the international stage but for me the most classic and still underrated examples come from Cahors. One of the fun things to discover along the way are some of the entry level bottlings from top tier producers. In this instance, Lagrezette makes bold powerful wines that rival top cru Bordeaux with their depth and structure. But sometimes you just want something fun to drink on a Wednesday night and that's where the "Seigneur de Grezette" comes in. The wine offers plenty of blackcurrant, raspberry and lead pencil notes but with a more open and inviting style. Mostly concrete and some larger barrel aging lends polish to the tannins smoothing all the rough edges giving you that iconic Malbec palate and flavor profile. The wine is a real treat with hearty stews and braised dishes but you can just as easily substitute for that voluptuous Argentine wine with some lovely grilled meats and a healthy dose of chimichurri on the side.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2018 | Send Email
If you happen to bring up the subject of Malbec, most people immediately make the association with Argentina. But keep in mind that the original home of Malbec is in the ancient region of Cahors, France. I continue to be stunned by how great these wines show and am always pleasantly surprised by the unbelievable quality for such reasonable prices. The Seigneur de Grezette fits nicely into this category. On the nose it shows gamey elements, with violets, and a precise spice note, while on the palate you'll find bright, acid-driven flavors of raspberry coulis, blackberry and strawberry tones. Yet, the wine is not overly fruity, and well-balanced with excellent concentration. This is another great find for anyone looking for a different, easy-drinking bottle to open up at the end of the day.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
Pop Quiz? What do Lou Reed, David Lynch, Elton John and former Prime Minister Tony Blair have in common? They all spent a night or more at Chateau Lagrezette, a massive, imposing fortress built in the fifteenth century and magnificently restored in the twentieth, now home to one of the finest properties in Cahors. The stellar, deeply-hued Malbec-based wines of this estate are almost as imposing, unfurling redolent aromas and signature flavors of blackberries, wild raspberries, violets, chocolate and smoke. Mellowed by a bit of Merlot, decant this wine for an hour or more and serve with a rich cassoulet. Not quite a 'walk on the wild side', but pure, lovely and delicious.....

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Southwest France