Argentinean Malbecs are everywhere, but it can be quite rare to find bottles of the indigenous French grape from its own motherland. So I was rather enthusiastic when I spied Clos La Coutale Cahors 2010 on the shelf at the wine shop. Once a Roman town, Cahors is the birthplace of Malbec, where it is known as the inky and earthy “black wine” of the Southwest. The Bernѐde family has been making wine for 6 generations, their 60 hectare domaine Clos La Coutale was founded in 1895, making it one of the regions oldest domains. Today the domaine is headed by “jack of all trades and Renaissance man” Philippe Bernѐde, who maintains his family’s traditions of ingenuity, passion and focus on terrior.
Inky dark red-violet in colour, aromas of summer woods and wild berries rose from the glass. Blackberry and plum flavours were joined by rustic earthy elements and silky smooth black tea tannins in the medium body. Crushed white peppercorn, raisin and traces of dark chocolate comprised the moderate finish. Easy drinking, this is a pleasant, subtle glass great at the table or on its own.
80% Malbec, 20% Merlot
Mis en Bouteille a la Propriété [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2015