Cahors: panel tasting results

Once-rustic Malbecs have been transformed over the past two decades, spurred
on by Argentina’s success with the grape.

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. See the top rated Cahors wines here…

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.’

Château Vincens, Origine 2011

Philippe Vincens took over this property in 2008. The family bought its first vineyard in 1919 and sold grapes to


Château Fantou, l’Elite 2011

Beautifully scented with liquorice, incense and black fruit. Very rich, dense and concentrated, yet has enough acidity to give limpidity


Clos Troteligotte, K-or 2012

Fine, floral aromas as well as densely concentrated blackberry fruit tinged with spice. The palate is concentrated and well-formed with


Astrolabe 2011

Lovely, sweet nose incorporating spice, dark fruit, chocolate and a touch of smoky sausage. The palate is a dense, brooding


Rigal, Le Vin Noir 2011

Aromatic notes of ginger and honey behind the ripe, dark fruits. The palate has a sweet lick of oak and