The quality of these Malbec wines has been transformed in the past decade said our tasters, meaning there’s never been a better time to rediscover the region.
In recent years Malbec has really hit the mainstream, thanks largely to the Argentinian take on the grape. But of course it’s a variety that has been associated with France, specifically Cahors, for far longer.
‘This was a truly fascinating tasting,’ declared Anthony Rose. ‘The consistency and standard was generally extremely good, indicating that there’s been a revolution in both viticulture and winemaking over the past few years. It shows how far Cahors has come in a relatively short space time in terms of these improvements.’
It was an opinion endorsed by his fellow tasters. Stephen Brook recalled: ‘I first went to Cahors in 1997 and, okay, there were a handful of very, very good estates which are still there today, but my overall impression was that the wines were pretty rustic. It was not a terribly encouraging visit back then, but I agree that the progress in recent years has been extraordinary.’
Top Cahors wines fom the panel tasting: