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Cahors, Gaillac, Fronton and Marcillac

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  • 6. Marcillac AC 2015, Pierres Rouges

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    Domaine Laurens

    100% Fer Servadou (12.5% alc.)

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    Marcillac comes from terraced hillside vineyards with extraordinary deep red soil, rich in iron oxide. Medical studies have indicated that Marcillac is particularly good for the heart as it lowers cholesterol. It is a very supple, lighter structured wine, with raspberry, blackberry fruit and iron on the finish. An especially versatile food wine. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 7. Fronton AC 2014 Réserve

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    Château la Colombière

    70% Negrette, 20% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon (12.5% alc.)

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    The Cauvins have produced a beautifully balanced, delicately extracted wine made by bio-dynamic viticulture.  It offers a most attractive, clear mid-cherry colour – the syrah and cabernet help deepen it a touch (and provide a little extra structure). On the palate it offers supple, blackberry and red fruits, with a hint of liquorice and black pepper, and has good length and freshness. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 8. Cahors AC 2011, Cuvée Juline

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    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    90% Malbec, 10% Merlot (14% alc.)

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    The soil here, siderolithique (clay and sandstone with a high iron content) is specific only to Cahors. An elegant approachable wine, the 2011 has a deep raspberry colour, a mix of blueberry, cassis, liquorice and menthol hints on the nose and palate, medium-body and fine silky tannins on the finish. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 9. Cahors AC 2011, Cuvée Maurin

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    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    100% Malbec (14.5% alc.)

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    The vines for Maurin are again planted in siderolithique soil (see above). Exceptional wine made from 100% pure malbec, this has a much deeper, almost black cherry colour. Given a longer cuvaison than the Cuvée Juline, it has more structure and a different aromatic profile – slightly tobaccoey, with fruit more redolent of figs/ prunes and a touch of menthol and spice on the finish. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 10. Cahors AC 2011, Les Quatre Chambrées

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    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    100% Malbec (14% alc.)

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    This is Bérangeraie’s top unoaked wine and comes from a due south-facing hillside where the soil is a deeply weathered limestone imbued with iron deposits.  Yields are 15% lower than the Maurin at 28hh and the temperature of fermentation is never allowed to exceed a low 25°C (above which point harsher more unstable elements are extracted). It has bigger, riper fruit again than the Maurin, with notable menthol, liquorice, limestone and iron notes and tremendous depth. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 11. Cahors AC 2012, La Nuit des Rossignols

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    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    100% Malbec (13.5% alc.)

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    This comes from a cooler north facing limestone hillside, and was aged for twelve months in one year old barrels.It has a bright blackcurrant colour, has happily integrated the oak, and has dark, fresh prune and fig flavours, balanced by perfect acidity. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 12. Cahors AC 2011, La Gorgée de Mathis Bacchus

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    Domaine de la Bérangeraie

    100% Malbec (15% alc.)

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    Bérangeraie’s top cuvée, Mathis Bacchus comes from 35 year old vines planted in Jurassic limestones and marls on the hillsides of Floressas. Vinified in cuve, it was then transferred to new oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and bottled after fining but no filtration in May 2014. The oak is very well integrated, and the wine shows intriguing malbec character of mocha, eucalyptus, bay leaves and cloves. For drinking now to 2022+.

  • 13. Gaillac Vendanges Tardives AC 2012, Renaissance

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    Domaine Rotier

    100% Loin de l’oeil (13% alc, 155g/l of rs)

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    This wine is made from tiny yields of grapes concentrated by pourriture noble. It is a rich complex wine with pears and apples coming through very clearly on both the nose and palate. This wine would be the perfect match for foie gras, or go equally well with chocolate based desserts or blue cheese. For drinking now to 2020.