Cahors, Sud-Ouest, France

One of the most interesting facts abut the Cahors appellation is the incredible number of microclimates that exist along the Lot River, as it snakes down the deep valley. The vineyards of Chateau Lamartine are located on the alluvial soils of the south facing slopes and begin to ripen considerably earlier than those further east. These soils consist of quartz pebbles and iron rich sand, mixed with limestone-clay, in particular red silica, which is known for its ability to impart finesse to a wine. The Malbec grape, known locally as Cot Noir, is the single most important varietal in the appellation, making up at least 70% of any wine. It is a robust, tannic grape, with an inky juice and deep aromas. In this case 90% is used. Added to this is 10% of Merlot, which softens the mouth feel and allows for earlier consumption of a wine which otherwise would need several more months of aging. Voted best Cahors producer by the editor of “Revue du Vin de France”.  Shelftalkers  Winery Website 
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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine
90 points

Light red color, strong nose, light woody smell with slight hint of liquorice and little red smashed fruits. Strong but not harsh taste. Matures very well.
lamartine-cuveeCahors Cuvee Particuliere
Light red color, strong nose, light woody smell with slight hint of liquorice and little red smashed fruits. Strong but not harsh favor. Matures very well.