Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cahors Malbec wines : let's quiz !

New on the Blog : An "entertainment" category to learn or test your knowledge about Cahors wines (and especially Chateau Paillas wines), grape varieties, history, terroir and many other things while having fun...

First quiz with main questions about the vineyard and the wine of Cahors, followed next times by other quizzes on topics we talk about on our blog ...
If you can't go through some questions, you can of course find some answers here on the blog or on our website.

Good Luck !

Friday, November 13, 2009

Malbec days back to Cahors in 2010

malbec daysAfter 2nd Malbec days in Argentina at Lujan de Cuyo, the Malbec days are coming back to Cahors on May 2010, 21st to 23th.

Three days of tastings, events and meetings devoted to Malbec and particularly to the various terroirs where it finds its best expressions all around the world.

Several countries will present their wines, a great opportunity to discover or rediscover different Malbec wines, whether you are amateur or professional.

More news in the next few months on our Blog.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Terroir of Chateau Paillas : The soil #1

The soil is often mistaken with terroir. It is its most important component because of chemical and physical properties that will determine minerals and water feed of the vine.

The soil is the result of the transformation of its parent material by erosion (rain, wind, frost, ..), micro-organisms and organic input of the plants it supports.

There are two different types of soil at Chateau Paillas, the first comes from a marine limestone dating from the Jurassic era and specifically the Kimmeridgian time (e.g. found in France in the vineyards of Chablis). It was formed there over 150 million ago (when a wide open sea was covering the current area of Quercy) by deposition and sedimentation of carbonates, mixed with shells of marine organisms.
When the sea receded, 140 million years ago, only covering the north part of the Lot valley, it reveals a large beach as shown by the footprints of dinosaurs discovered in Crayssac, a small village near Cahors.

Then begun natural erode of the rock that goes on nowadays. Because limestone is very hard, its deterioration was done only on a few tens of centimeters as you can see on the picture taken on the road going to Chateau Paillas :
- Below, a layer of cracked limestone (underground thickness reaches several tens of meters).
- On the top, a layer of limestone stones melted with clay where the vine grows (whose thickness is less than one meter).

Clay play an major role as regulator, swelled by water during the rains it returns it to the vines during drought.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Our Cahors Malbec wines in Japan

Living in Japan you will now find Chateau Paillas wines available at Belluna's Gourmet !
Try our powerful spicy vintage 2005 or complex and aniseed vintage 2002 with Sushi or Sashimi, you will sure enjoy them !