(RECAP: It's Monday! What did you think of the Cahors? We had it Saturday night as the snow started falling and the crowd gave it a thumbs up, although Maxwell thought it was "a little thin." Comment and vote below. A new wine recommendation comes in on Thursday.)
Name: Georges Vigouroux Cahors "Gouleyant"
Producer: Georges Vigouroux
Grape: 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot
Stores: Beacon Wines (2120 Broadway between 73rd & 74th Street), Union Square Wines and Spirits (33 Union Square West between 16th & 17th Street), Harlem Vintage (2235 Frederick Douglas Blvd between 126th & 127th Street) and... [late breaking news] Fresh Direct
Malbec was the talk of the NY Times this week and I realized that one of my all time favourites, Georges Vigouroux, did not make the article. An oversight perhaps? Initially I fell in love with the stylish and artistic label, after the first sip I realized that my shallow instinct was justified by what was in the bottle.
The new vintage is out and I've yet to try it; hopefully it is as good as in years past. With the recent cold snap, Malbec is the perfect style of wine to warm chilled bones, so let's continue on this week's theme.
Cahors is a little known region in Southwest France that grows Malbec, Tannat (a dark, black grape with lots of spice) and Merlot. Malbec is one of the traditional Bordeaux varietals and should be deep in color and flavor. It is offten described as a purple wine with dark plum and cassis tones. Malbecs are robust wines with ample tannins and loads of flavor and spice that can hold their own against a heavy winter meal; Cassoulet, Stew, Lamb Kebobs...
Grab a bottle this weekend and let us know what you think!