"When we tasted this wine we were greeted by an amazing, sultry nose of ripe berries, flowers and spices followed by roses, ripe plums, raspberries, spices and blackberries on the classy palate. This is a super fine example of Malbec in its most classic French form. It would behoove passionate wine lovers to pour this alongside an Argentine Malbec in the same price point and see the difference between the regions' expression of this hearty grape." ~ Winery notes
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Deep in the southwest of France, amidst dramatic rock formations and cliffs, the Lot River slowly snakes its way along the valley floor, coiling covetously around the charming town of Cahors. The diversity in architecture serves as a proud historical mark left by many previous generations of inhabitants. Once a former Roman town, Cahors was also as a center of commerce during the Middle Ages that served as an important crossroads for pilgrims on the trail to Santiago de Compostella. Among the many specialties that have brought pride to the region, the constant has been its wine. A.O.C. Cahors is known as the "black wine" of the Southwest--the deeply inky, earthy wines that seem to complement the regional fare of duck (and duck fat!) so wonderfully. Cahors is also the birthplace of Cot, the grape more commonly known as Malbec. The Bernède family is an intricate part of this tradition, watching over one of the region's oldest domaines that was founded before the French Revolution.