Black wine is back, Cahors

A useful post reminding us all that there is much more to explore beyond Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, or Napa, Marlborough and Burgundy. Cahors is within a beautifully diverse region of France, Occitanie, and deserves exploration directly or indirectly from their wines.

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In 2014 we traveled to Montpellier, France to attend the organic wine fair Millesime Bio. Planning ahead, various samples from leading Cahors estates who did not participate in the show, were sent to the hotel. This mission was quickly set back after tasting the traditionally-made Black Wine from Malbec after breakfast. The nose was not giving and gritty tannins reduced the enjoyment of the young wines to zero. Thoughts were how long would one need to wait for them to mature and display the characteristic undergrowth and plum aromas? Never, ever? These wines do progress glacially.

At the fair we were luckily offered an altogether different experience with many producers using different winemaking techniques to soften the tannins and making wines earlier fleshier. Meeting Daniel Fournié and tasting his wines we quickly realized these will offer more in the glass than most Bordeaux at the same price.

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10 thoughts on “Black wine is back, Cahors

    1. I’d be surprised if a chipped jug was used ANYWHERE in France, never mind in a chateau. Did you blog about it? I haven’t actually been into Cahors but very close and all around Occitanie. I’m a big fan of the Tannat grape used there but it takes years to soften. Malbec is the predominant grape in Cahors. Off to Three Choirs vineyard for the day now!


        1. Sorry, been wine tasting! I’ve stopped at the Stoics reading lots of Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. I’m interested in the massive similarities with Buddhism and have got extremely absorbed in it. I’m unsure where to go next!

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