Château Croze de Pys "L'Enclos" Cahors 2015
The estate was founded in 1773 and has been making wine perpetually ever since. Think about that: three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The same year of the Boston Tea Party infamously dumped British-taxed tea into the harbor.
The grape here is the versatile and well-traveled Malbec. The Cahors region in southwest France, near Bordeaux, is Malbec's spiritual home, though you probably know it mostly as Argentina's flagship grape. It's said the name Malbec derives from the French for "bad beak" in reference to its ability to stain your teeth and lips purple.
The vineyard, the "L'Enclos," is a terraced enclosure of vineyards as the name implies. Old vines and pebbly, iron-rich soils provide the foundational material for this superb affordable red. Organic certified and a blend of 90% Malbec softened and rounded out by a balance of Merlot.
No doubt this is a fuller-bodied wine true but shows remarkable restraint at 12.5% ABV. Alongside its aromas of tobacco, blackberry, cedar, spice box, and plum it has juicy, tart acidity for freshness and moderate alcohol. A satisfying glass of wine that overachieves, firmly in the "juicy and ripe" category without giving the fatigue that comes with more brawny high-ABV reds? Yes, please.
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