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Cahors Wine

Cahors is a small town in south-western France, located 100 miles (160km) east of Bordeaux. In wine terms it is known for its deeply colored reds made predominantly from Malbec (known locally as both Côt and Auxerrois), with small quantities of Tannat and Merlot. Interestingly, Cahors is the only red-wine appellation in the French south-west to use neither Cabernet Sauvignon nor Cabernet Franc.

The typical Cahors wine is darkly colored and has a meaty, herb-tinged aroma, with hints of spiced black cherries and a whiff of cedar. Cahors is invariably tighter and leaner than the rich, opulent style of Malbec being made in the variety’s new-found home in Mendoza, Argentina.

The coat of arms of Cahors

Cahors lies 130 miles (210km) from both the Atlantic coast (to the west) and the Mediterranean coast (to the south-east). As a result, the climate here is subject to multiple influences: continental, maritime and Mediterranean. Summer days are warmer and sunnier than in Bordeaux, making it easy for the local vignerons to achieve full phenolic ripeness in their grapes. This is important for Malbec and even more so for tannin-rich Tannat, which is offensively astringent if not properly ripened.

Rainfall here is significantly lower than on the Atlantic coast (700mm a year, compared with 950mm in Bordeaux). Consequently, the risk of fungal issues in the Cahors vineyards is quite low, minimizing the amount of disease-preventive spraying required. The dry climate also means that vines experience slight hydric stress, forcing them to dig deep, strong root systems in search of water and also increasing the concentration of sugars and phenolic compounds in the grapes.

The key vineyard sites for Cahors wines are roughly divided into two categories. Those on the limestone plateaux of the area (known as the Causses) produce more tannic, longer-lived wines. Those on the gravelly slopes between the plateaux and the rivers turn out more approachable, fruitier wines.

The official Cahors viticultural area spreads for 25 miles (40km) along a tightly meandering section of the Lot River. The Lot rises in the hills of the Massif Central and winds slowly westwards through the southern French countryside before flowing into the Garonne, which then continues on to Bordeaux. This navigable link with the port of Bordeaux (and export markets beyond) was once of vital economic importance to Cahors’ winemakers. The Bordelais also benefited from the connection, not just because they imposed high taxes on the incoming wines, but also because they blended the dark, rich Cahors wines with their own, which in those times often lacked color and depth. It wasn’t without good reason that Malbec was introduced to the vineyards of Bordeaux in the 18th Century.

The Lot is not the only river to have connected inland wine regions to Bordeaux; the Dordogne connected Bergerac and Monbazillac, while the Garonne (via the Tarn) connected Gaillac and Fronton.

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We found 267 wines produced in this region.
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Grape 
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Chateau Lagrezette, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot - Tannat $28 2661
Clos La Coutale, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot $15 3284
Chateau du Cedre 'Le Cedre', Cahors, France Malbec $38 4038
Chateau du Cedre, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot - Tannat $21 4394
Georges Vigouroux Pigmentum Malbec, Cahors, France Malbec $10 7067
Chateau de Cayx Vin du Prince de Danemark, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot - Tannat $25 7221
Jouffreau Clos de Gamot, Cahors, France Malbec $131 7364
Georges Vigouroux Le Gouleyant, Cahors, France Malbec $11 8322
Jean-Luc Baldes Clos Triguedina 'Probus', Cahors, France Malbec $38 8366
Jean-Luc Baldes Clos Triguedina, Cahors, France Malbec $25 8710
Georges Vigouroux Chateau de Mercues, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot - Tannat $20 9877
Chateau Haut Monplaisir, Cahors, France Malbec $15 9915
Chateau du Cedre ' Cedre Heritage', Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot $13 10035
Domaine de Cause La Lande Cavagnac, Cahors, France Malbec $15 10644
Chateau de Chambert, Cahors, France Malbec $20 12659
Chateau Lamartine, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot $15 13049
Chateau de Gaudou Tradition, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot - Tannat $11 14158
Chateau du Cedre GC Grande Cuvee, Cahors, France Malbec $78 14461
Georges Vigouroux Chateau Leret Montpezat, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot - Tannat $18 14833
Chateau du Cedre 'Le Prestige', Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot - Tannat $20 14857
Purple by Chateau Lagrezette The Original Malbec, Cahors, France Malbec $13 15909
Georges Vigouroux Chateau de Haute-Serre, Cahors, France Malbec $21 16143
Clos Siguier, Cahors, France Malbec $13 16712
Chateau du Cayrou, Cahors, France Malbec $58 17830
Chateau Pineraie, Cahors, France Malbec - Merlot $15 18177
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