Château du Cayrou "La Tour du Cayrou" 2012
The spiritual home of Malbec, Cahors sits on the banks of the Lot river, a tributary of the Garonne just downriver from Bordeaux. There was a time these wines were more well-known and pricier than those of Bordeaux – evidenced by a protectionist edict prohibiting any sale of Cahors wine until the last barrel of Bordeaux left the port!
In the bucolic village of Puy-l'Évêque, Château du Cayrou is mentioned at least as far back as the 14th century; its name is a reference to the pebbly river stones which make the site so unique and contribute mineral depth and power to the wines. Today it is run with care and fully biologique certified organic.
95% Malbec (known locally as "Côt") and 5% Merlot.
Immediate, perfumed aromatics leap out of the glass. Cocoa powder, bay leaf, sandalwood, and eucalyptus. Incense-laden Indian spice and bacon fat starts to emerge. Just a joy to smell, like cocoa-dusted blackberry-chocolate truffles.
On the palate, a cornucopia of blue fruits, black olive, mint, and cedar unfold against a backdrop of soft but firm tannins and cool acidity. The wine is remarkably powerful for sitting only at 13% alcohol – it drinks like a $50 wine.
This is the O.G. region that made Malbec famous, before it was exported across the globe, and a tremendous example of why it deserves its reputation. It's still a baby at 8 years old, drinking beautifully now but will continue to evolve for another 3-5 years.
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