Fulsome, articulate red with a ravishing, cassis-accented nose and dynamic wash that's alive with dazzling flavours of boysenberry, morello cherry, gunflint and spice. Superb in every way, with phenomenal concentration, balance and length.
A perfect food match here would be something rich, meaty and aromatic like Thai-style crispy pork belly - yum!
'K-Or' is a micro-plot selection of 100% Malbec cropped at 40 hectolitres per hectare. Maturation is 6 months in inert vats and no new oak is used.
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 pure Malbecs made in a heavily-oaked, 'blockbuster' style.