Clos la Coutale Cahors Malbec 2015
The wine is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, although sometimes there’s also a touch of Tannat. Various parcels of fruit from the vineyard were fermented separately in stainless steel, after which they were blended together and spent 12 months in ‘foudre’ which are larger than typical oak barrels.
What I like about this wine is its approachability, more so than most Cahors. Lifted black, almost jubey fruit and fine, soft tannins offer a contrast to the traditional ‘black wine’ monicker. It’s dry, full flavoured and structured, and also has a savoury element - still Cahors - but a much smoother take.