Chocolaty Cahors

Château Lagrezette Chevalier Malbec Merlot 2019, Cahors, France, AUD $79

There’s no standing room for white wine in the region of Cahors in south-west France. Reds are only allowed here, where they champion malbec, known locally as cot. This is an elegant rendition where the merlot tempers the malbec tannins and fleshes out the mid-palate. Oak supports and doesn’t smother.

Dark chocolate, campfire, dark plums and cigar-box spice on the nose suggests this could be a great wine. On the palate, blackberries mix with stewed plums and fresh leather. The tannins are long and extractive and they add a wisp of mountain spice flavours. Drink now, although it will age very well. (Cork)

Score: 93 ★★★★ – view original tasting note

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2033

Food: slow-cooked lamb shoulder

Stockists: Leckie Group Wines – email (AU distributor)

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