Underrated red wine, 3 hours drive from Bordeaux
France, Cahors, L’Escarpe, Malbec, AOP, 2010

Cahors stands for Malbec grape, locally called Côt, often not stated as such on the label, unlike this one. L’Escarpe is bottled by Jean-François Plessy, based in the Rhône village of Saint Jean D’Ardières. Cahors is often compared to Argentina with its well known Malbec wines, even though they differ, due to reasons such as terroir and being close to the river Lot, creating its own micro-climate.

The Cahors wines are from the town of Cahors and surrounding areas and have their own AOC, awarded in 1971, which can only be used for the red, growing around 70% Malbec and the rest made up with Tannat and Merlot. The Lot valley is the main area for the wine growing, west of Cahors. For the labelling of Cahors wines it might associate itself at times with the historic landmark Valantré bridge of Cahors, capital of the Lot departement.
£ 10.00
Best Served:
16-18 °C
13.5 %
Review Date:
16 . 04 . 2015
France, Cahors
Wine specifics
Ready to drink and can keep for a while. Balanced, smooth, good finish, aromatic flavours. Serving red meat, duck, rabbi, lamb, grills, mature cheeses. Obtained in France; Cahors may be available in the UK. Cork The wine has been aged in oak barrels, ‘élevé en fût de chêne’.
Wine growing in Cahors goes back to Roman times, noted from 50BC. The region got its share of phylloxera as well 1883-1885, having to rebuild it all. Due to severe frosts replanting was again necessary in 1956. The white and rosé of Cahors are classified as Vin de Pays, sometimes with reference to the Lot.

Review Date:
16 . 04 . 2015