Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wine of the Week - Lacapelle Cabanac Cahors "Tradition"

Commonly referred to as the “Black Wine”, Malbec was originally planted in France’s Southwest region by the Romans over 2000 years ago. While present-day Malbec has grown in popularity due to its success in Argentina, grown in Cahors, Malbec produces its darkest most tannic manifestation due to the calcium component in limestone. Lacapelle Cabanac Cahors "Tradition" has bright acidity and herbal notes that frame dark plum fruit. It’s fresh and clean with enough earthy tannins to match duck with white beans.

Lacapelle Cabanac is the culmination of a dream belonging to Thierry Simon & Philippe Verax, who moved from Paris to Cahors in order to make wine in an ancient winery. Their first goal was modernization of the winemaking equipment and vinification/viticulture methodology. Renovated chais, cuves, and the complete conversion to certified organic agriculture began shortly after they purchased the property in 2001. Malbec, the mainstay grape of Cahors, is little-used in France outside of the Lot Valley, which confers its typicity: darkly colored berries that make dense, powerfully tannic wines of great ageability. Merlot is the noble grape from St-Emilion that accounts for 14% of the production at Cabanac. It is used to enrich aromatics while adding mellowness to the flavor profiles.

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