Cahors: panel tasting results

Once-rustic Malbecs from Cahors 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.

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: