Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Cahors: My first love"

Crushworthy WinesElizabeth DeHoff, network member of "Palate Press - the online wine magazine", is as she describes herself : "A professional journalist, but in the wine world, I’m strictly an (admittedly enthusiastic) amateur". Anyway, she's trying to develop her senses and take a more thoughtful approach to wine tasting. She blogs on Crushworthy Wines and came to taste Cahors wines during the Cahors malbec Tour in Washington D.C. in march. Let's see her feelings...

"Way back in 2004 or so, when I was first getting into wine, I fell in love with Cahors. I wish I could remember which wine did it, but I wasn’t taking notes at that point — all I remember is that it was earthy and rustic and utterly enchanting. Ever since that moment, I’ve snapped up every Cahors I can afford — and they’re not easy to find. So I was particularly excited to hear about a Cahors tasting in D.C. last week.
Cahors seems annoyed that Argentina has managed to position itself as the king of Malbec, if its current marketing push (“Cahors Is Malbec!”) is any indication. It’s intriguing to me that a French AOC is emphasizing a varietal, but that seems to be what the U.S. market (at least) wants right now — Lord knows it’s worked for Argentina. That said, here are a few of my favorites.

Chateau Paillas 2007 Cahors: Plum and blackberry on the nose with metallic/mineral notes. Very tannic and mouth-filling; acidic, herbal, vegetal. I don’t even really know how to describe this one besides “I love it.” It stuck with me.

In short: If you like Malbec and are not yet acquainted with Cahors, you need to fix that. It’s hard to go wrong with these wines, and they’re great values — most of the wines I tasted at this event were under $40 or even under $20. Here’s hoping it catches on!"

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