2014 Château Haute-Serre Cahors (Previously $25)

SKU #1406421 91 points Wine & Spirits

 Georges Vigouroux was one of the first people to resuscitate the wine scene in Cahors in the 1970s, planting vineyards and restoring the Château de Haute-Serre. Since 1990, the estate has been run by his son, Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux; the property extends across 161 acres of the region’s rocky limestone ridges. This wine is the most classic of the Vigouroux Cahors we tasted, a cuvée fermented in stainless steel and aged in used oak barrels. It’s dense and chewy, packed tight with notes of spiced plums and dried fruit, with a hint of old leather and earth adding character.  (6/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 On some of the highest vineyards in Cahors, this estate has a history reaching back to the Middle Ages. This latest vintage from this major estate has a firm structure and cool texture. Allied to acidity and dark tannins, the rich black fruits are going to need time to mature. Drink from 2020. (RV)  (5/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A concentrated red, building ripe cherry, plum pudding and licorice drop flavors that are detailed with floral, cocoa powder and raspberry accents. Fresh acidity and mineral elements give focus through the orange peel—tinged finish. Drink now through 2022. 8,000 cases made. (GS, Web only-2017)

K&L Notes

This multi-generational Vigouroux winemaking family helped guide the resurgence of the Cahors region. The Haute-Serre is primarily Malbec with a splash of Tannat and Merlot. All farmed on the red clay and gravelly soils, the vineyards are some of the highest in the appellation. The wine is aged in a mix of new and used oak giving the wine polished tannins and allowing the wine to express its flavors of black raspberries, baking spices and cocoa powder.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2019 | Send Email
Proprietor Georges Vigouroux is one of the great figures of Cahors. When the appellation had drifted into obscurity after being devastated by phylloxera, it almost became a footnote in the annals of history. In the 1970s, Vigouroux began the long process of reestablishing the region and rehabilitating its legacy. His home winery, Chateau Haute-Serre has become one of the great producers in offering classic Cahors (ie Malbec) flavor profiles at a great price point. This Grand Vin bottling is superb with its notes of blackcurrants, roasted plums, graphite minerality and fine tannins. Fans of more Bordeaux-like profiles and drier-styled Argentine reds will find a lot to like here. It's polished mouthfeel and harmonious finish will keep you coming back for more.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Malbec hails from France although it has gained acclaim of late as one of the best known red wines of Argentina. When asked if we have Malbec from places other than Argentina, we're always pleased to direct them to Cahors (France)where Malbec thrives. This latest arrival is one of the more traditional wines of the zone as it's fermented in stainless and aged in used barrels. There's excellent depth of fruit and overall complexity combined with a touch of firmness and structure from the wine's acidity. Although excellent today with aeration, it will certainly drink well over the next few years.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
It’s been a while since I drank a Cahors so I was very interested in trying this highly recommended bottling. While Malbec made its name in Argentina as a smooth-as-silk variant of Cabernet Sauvignon, this Malbec is an altogether different kind of charmer. The wine is classically French and old school in style. Wild berries and a touch of earth on the nose. On the palate, it is firm and somewhat assertive. I’d recommend a decant to soften the edges as well as a slab of rare beef. This makes for a wonderful alternative to Bordeaux if you’re in the mood for something familiar but just a touch different.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this was different from most Cahors I’ve smelled, it was less the wild, cantankerously bold and earthy and showed much more refinement, it was still full of earth, spice and a touch of fruit yet in a more civilized manner. On the palate the wine seemed more Bordeaux like, with excellent balance, focus and a good balance of earth and fruit with a supple, rounded feel to the restrained and fine-grained tannins. The finish was long, balanced and framed by the tannins, lively and showed an easy 5-6 year more life expectancy. All in all a very solid wine, I’d recommend it for those who haven’t tried Cahors in a while, this is an excellent example and a wonderful meal accompaniment.

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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.


- 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.

Southwest France

Alcohol Content (%): 13