Fresh and elegant, with a nice deep colour, cool, perfumed aromas and vivid notes of black cherry, violets, kirsch and black tea. Limpid feel, with silky, medium body, soft tannins and a dry, tangy finish.
Enjoy lightly chilled on its own or with pork and hazelnut terrine.
K-Pot is made from 100% Malbec cropped at 45 hectolitres per hectare. Cold maceration to extract colour and flavour is followed by fermentation with ambient yeasts and ageing for 6 months in stone tank. NO SULPHITES are added to this wine! 'K-Pot' is French slang for 'no condom.'
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.