Generous and deep, with great colour and healthy aromas of black fruits and spice. Full bodied and intense, with sturdy tannins and grown-up flavours of blackberry, coffee, iron and dark chocolate. A real pleasure!
Decant for two hours and partner with pepper steak or a good cheese plate.
K-Lys is made from 100% late-harvested Malbec cropped at 35 hectolitres per hectare. Natural yeasts are used for the long fermentation. Maturation is for two years in French oak followed by one year in concrete tank.
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; 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.") - Troteligotte specialises of course in Malbec, currently the world's most-fashionable red grape.
Cahors, an unassuming town in SW France, is famous for its chunky, robust reds made from at least 70% Malbec, 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.