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WE’LL BE HOME FOR MALBEC, YOU CAN COUNT ON THIS.

WE’LL BE HOME FOR MALBEC, YOU CAN COUNT ON THIS.

A savoury structured wine that’s firm and fabulous.

As we spend much more time working from home, limited in going out to dine, depending on COVID lock down levels in the region where you are living, we can always enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the day. Cahors, 160 km south east of Bordeaux, is the ancestral homeland of the Malbec grape, made even more famous in Argentina where it is their largest exported red wine. The climate of Cahors is mainly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean with hot summers and wet winters. In contrast to Bordeaux, it is also influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. The river Lot is an important factor for the microclimate in the vineyards. Rainfall here is significantly lower. Consequently, the risk of fungal issues in the Cahors vineyards is quite low, minimizing the amount of disease-preventive spraying required. The dry climate also means that vines experience slight hydric stress, forcing them to dig deep, strong root systems in search of water and also increasing the concentration of sugars and phenolic compounds in the grapes. The Toronto Star recently featured this wine giving it 90 points with the following comments: “…gorgeous scents of blueberries and blackberries…..dry, dark, brawny with gripping flavours of blackberries and bitter chocolate, toasted hazelnut and licorice, …a savoury, structured wine that’s firm and fabulous.” Having prime rib now or for a holiday entrée? This is the wine with which to pair it.

2017 CHATEAU LABARRADE CAHORS MALBEC G553933, $13.95.

 

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