Wine of the Week: 2011 "Gouleyant" Cahors, Georges Vigouroux
Region & Country: Cahors, France
If you are a Malbec fan, you are going to love this delicious, easy drinking Cahors red wine from Georges Vigouroux!
It is a perfect wine for those of us who still want to enjoy a glass of wine after the holiday splurging as well as tighten the January budget.
This Cahors red wine is medium-to-full bodied and jam-packed with bright black fruit flavors — blackberries, plums, wild raspberries and wild bramble fruits with hints of spice, smoke and a charming earthy minerality. On the palate it has a plump, rounded mouthfeel, with supple tannins, that give just enough grip and structure. Moderately long length with a minerally finish, this is an honest wine that combines a strong sense of place with plenty of fruit flavor.
At the table: This fairly robust Cahors wine is very versatile at the table especially as we head into the colder winter days. It will pair really well with most types of hearty meat and vegetable casserole dishes, slow roasted meats and aged hard cheeses such as cheddar or Gouda.
About Cahors, Malbec and Georges Vigouroux
Cahors is a small AOC wine region located in southwest France. The AOC is only for red wines, which must be made from a minimum of 70% Malbec (called Cot locally) and up to 30% Malbec or Tannat. In general Cahors wines tend to be more deeply colored than their Argentinean Malbec counterparts, as well as more tannic and fuller in body. However, this "Gouleyant" is quite modern and supple in style. It is made from 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. Georges Vigouroux is considered one of the leading producers in the region. His Domaine has been making wine since 1887.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne
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