If you haven't had a Malbec from Cahors, France, then you haven't really had Malbec yet.
You may have enjoyed some nice Malbecs from Argentina, where it is typically a stand-alone grape. You've probably enjoyed Malbec as a blending grape in Bordeaux, where it is used for its ripe fruit. Even California has taken a shot at making Malbec.
However, the 2016 "Grande Cuvee Prestige" Cahors from Chateau La Coustarelle is a Malbec like no other.
Blackberry and blueberry burst from the glass, buoyed by a dry, dusty finish. The fruit and tannin combination lingers on the palate where notes of earth, leather, and vanilla bean dance for minutes. Spice and toasty notes come together in this bountiful and balanced Malbec.
So how do Argentine Malbecs and Malbecs from Cahors differ?
Argentine Malbecs are typically jammy and quite fruit forward. Malbecs from Cahors on the other hand are terroir driven; they tend to be a bit drier with earth and minerality playing a more prominent role in the wine.
Given its diversity of flavor, structure, and depth, Cahors - and this Cahors in particular - are extremely food friendly. From meat to cheese, this robust red is a must have.
Chateau La Coustarelle is a pantry essential and a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon; it's a great everyday option if you want some Bordeaux essence without the price tag.
Only a handful of cases are imported. Extremely limited.