Wednesday, May 27, 2009

French Malbec Vs Argentinian's Malbec : Which is the best ?

None of both, they are just different !
If they own the main characteristics of Malbec wines, the soil, climate and of course winemaking is not the same in order to find different wines : some say that Malbec from Cahors is darker and softer or that Argentinian's Malbec are less acid and tannic...
The best thing to do is to taste them both and make your own idea..

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions #1 (Cahors, Terroir, AOC)

In this topic we will answer briefly to questions you asked us or we estimate usefull for new comers to discover the universe of wines and specialy our Cahors wines. Fell free to ask yours in the comments or email us at info@paillas.com

How should I pronounce "Paillas" and "Cahors"?
Paillas is pronounced PA-YAS and Cahors CA-OR.

What means "terroir" ?
Terroir, a very typicaly french word coming from "terre" (that means land or earth), is used to define the complex mix between soil, climate, vegetal and the know-how of the winemaker.

Cahors AOC ? What is it ?
AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controllée) which can be translated as regulated place name is the highest grade for french wines. It is a guaranty of quality and origin : For example, a wine classified "AOC Cahors" is made with Malbec grapes that grown in Cahors Area and with a traditionnal winemaking...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Contains sulfites ?!

Maybe you have noticed the mention on labels : "contains sulfites"? Maybe you asked yourself what were sulfites to deserve to be reported ? In fact, sulfites are derivatives of sulfur.

Since its discovery, the sulfur is almost indispensable for winemakers because it allows the wine a better conservation over time. It has two main functions: to protect the wine from oxidation and to neutralize bacterial attacks still present in wine, which could lead to fatal alterations.

No efficient substitute has yet been discovered and you can find it as a preservative in many food products.

The problem with sulfites is that high doses can cause headaches or more serious reactions on particularly sensitive persons.

But be reassured, because of its Malbec grape, Cahors wine is one that contains the least. with its high concentration of polyphenols with antioxidant properties, we can avoid the amount of sulfur necessary to protect against oxidation, that's why Cahors wine has a good ageing capacity. On the contrary, white wines (which do not contain polyphenols) need higher doses for conservation, the most important doses are for sweet wines.