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Château du Cèdre Héritage Cahors Malbec 2015

This is a good malbec from Cahors in south western France.  Less deeply coloured and fruity than its equivalents in Argentina, it has restrained aromas of red berries, earth, herbs and oak.  The palate is earthy and savoury, with liquorice overtones.  Some mid weight tannins and good length complete the picture.  This wine can be…Continue readingChâteau du Cèdre Héritage Cahors Malbec 2015

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L’Escalier au Ciel Sauvignon Blanc 2012

This is a very moreish and refreshing sauvignon blanc from south western France.  The wine comes from the appellation of IGP Atlantique, where the IGP stands for Indication Géographique Protégée, which is the new EU/French term for the regions once labelled Vin de Pays.  In the glass, this wine has a lovely balance to it.…Continue readingL’Escalier au Ciel Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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Laubade Floc de Gascogne NV

Six odd years of wine study, roughly five years of writing, and this is the first time I’ve come across a Floc de Gascogne.  At this point, you may be surprised if you are a versed in the style, or alternatively, like me, wondering quite what to expect in the bottle.  The answer is that…Continue readingLaubade Floc de Gascogne NV

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Bladinières-Liorit Mas des Étoiles Petite Etoile Cahors 2010

Mas des Étoiles is a collaboration of two vignerons, Arnaud Bladinières and David Liorit, who have planted a hectare of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc and 4 hectares of malbec in Cahors in south western France.  There is so much good (and often powerful) malbec coming from Mendoza these days, that it is interesting to check…Continue readingBladinières-Liorit Mas des Étoiles Petite Etoile Cahors 2010

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Chateau de Saurs La Constance 2010

This is easily the best Gaillac wine that I have tried.  Gaillac is a picturesque region outside of Toulouse in south western France and the wines from the appellation itself (red, white and sweet) are quite diverse, noting this in my visit there several years ago.  The 2010 vintage from Chateau de Saurs is a…Continue readingChateau de Saurs La Constance 2010