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Clos Troteligotte 'K' Cahors Malbec 2012

Cahors, France

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So impressive in every way from its classic inky-black colour to its fine claret-like bouquet to its smooth, muscular body and velvety, sweet tannins. Complex, indulgent flavours abound, with rich notes of mulberry, coffee and blackberry, seasoned with spicy touches of cinnamon and clove. 

Doesn't actually need decanting or food to be amazing but if you want to pair with something then Parmesan-Crusted Rack of Lamb would be super.

Clos Troteligotte's 'K' is a micro-plot selection of 100% Malbec cropped at just 30 hectolitres per hectare (low yield of high-quality juice). Fermentation is with natural yeasts only and maturation is 22 months in new French and Austrian oak.

Twelve-hectare Clos Troteligotte (estd. 1987), headed by Cahors family man Emmanuel Rybinski, is one of our best finds yet: rare terroir (red, iron-rich soil, à la Coonawarra); cool packaging; breathtaking juice; and barely-believable prices vis-a-vis quality. Certified-organic since 2014 - and with even-cleaner biodynamic to follow ("Total respect for the earth, plants, animals and wine are our priorities.") - hot-to-Troteligotte specialises of course in Malbec, probably the world's trendiest red grape right now.
Cahors, an unassuming town in SW France, is famous for its chunky, robust (and formerly rustic) reds made from at least 70% Malbec (known locally as Côt/Auxerrois), with small quantities of Tannat and Merlot. Cahors is invariably leaner than the showier Mendoza (Argentina) Malbecs that are so popular these days, although the two styles have merged somewhat of late, as producers from both areas collaborate. 
Cahors wines generally fall into one of three loosely-defined tiers: basic, unoaked wines, often blended with Merlot/Tannat; superior bottlings from older vineyards or special plots, with some wood influence; and (as here) pure Malbecs made in a heavily-oaked, 'blockbuster' style.
Cahors, France
Alcohol: 13%
Style: Inky, oaky, blockbuster
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2030


Decanter magazine

Cahors panel tasting

"Herbal and floral notes on the nose and a palate that is rich, firm and concentrated - recommended."

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