October 2019 Wine Club Red

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2019-10-red2017 CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS

Located in Southwest France, the charming town of Cahors is situated on the Lot River and proudly displays a history of diverse architecture from its previous inhabitants. A former Roman town, Cahors was a center of commerce during the Middle Ages and served as an important crossroads for pilgrims traveling the road to Santiago de Compostella.

The “black wine” of Cahors, earthy and inky in hue, was from the region’s own varietal Cot, now familiarly known as Malbec. What could be a better match for the region’s typical fare of duck!

The Bernede family, watching over one of the oldest domaines founded before the French Revolution, continues the family tradition with a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. Elegant and drinkable for every day, the Coutale Cahors would welcome a hearty cassoulet or a simple steak.

Grapes are sorted, de-stemmed and each vineyard is vinified separately. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks with daily punch-downs for 15 to 18 days. The wine is then blended in January and aged in foudres (large wooden vats) and 1 to 2 year-old barrels from Bordeaux grand cru for a year before being bottled.

The Wine Advocate writes, “For at least two decades, the Clos la Coutale’s wine has been unmistakable in flavor personality and offered terrific value.”

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