The Chateau du Cayrou Cahors 2015 is the flagship wine made by this historic Cahors pioneer. Situated in southwestern France, Chateau du Cayrou is a standout producer of red wine made predominately of Malbec. In 2009 the chateau was purchased by Georges Douin who revitalized the property and put his son-in-law Julien Goursaud in charge. They’ve been doing incredible work, starting with lowering the number of vines to 15 hectares rather than the 30 originally planted. Julien was also interested in converting the vineyards to organic and achieved certification in 2012. Cahors is a miraculous, yet devilish place to try to make wine. They’re lucky with their gravelly soils, but the variable climate, part Atlantic part Mediterranean, makes frost and hail a very real problem. So just having these bottles available to us here in Seattle is a blessing.

Tasting note: 2015 was a stellar vintage for Cahors, just the right amount of water fell in winter, bud break was on time and the high water table aided the vines through a warm, dry summer. This Malbec has flavors of ripe cherries, strawberries, and raspberries, followed by savory notes like soy sauce and black pepper. The tannins are unique, they clock in at a medium amount but their nature is fine and dusty. There’s a brininess and citric tang accompanying the long finish. Lastly, we’d predict another 10-20 years of good development for this beauty.

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