Ross' Weekly Sip: Clos La Coutale Cahors

Upon the sloping hills above the Lot river, midway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, lies the often overlooked, indigenous home of Malbec. Temperamental in cold climates, the frosts of 1956 destroyed nearly ten thousand acres of Malbec vines across southern France, further hastening the grapes move to the vineyards of Mendoza. 

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Today, a lone holdout, the vineyards of the Cahors AOC still specialize in the grape (Malbec) locally known as Côt.  The wines here are fuller bodied and have a denser tannin structure than their Argentinian counterpart. Classically paired with the local slow cooked casserole, Cassoulet, Cahors just as easily pairs with a steak hot off the grill. 

Truly one of the last great values in full bodied-European red wine, the wine of Clos La Coutale can be found at any of our three Mike’s Wine & Spirits locations for $15.99.

Ross Jackson

The Kansas City Wino

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