Chateau les Croizillon
Cohors, France, $14.99
This 100% Malbec from Cahors showcases the not so heavy side of the grape eschewing the heavy extraction and oak use common among the Argentinian Malbecs. The resulting wine is delightfully fruit-driven and drinkable with aromas of black raspberry, violets, and dark cocoa and also boasts an elegant silky texture and soft tannins. This is a wine that's as comfortable on the coffee table as the dinner table and you owe it to yourself to see the other side of this well-known grape.
Cahors is, without a doubt, the most dynamic appellation in Southwest France. Recently, the area has gained momentum within the wine industry, due to the dedication and innovation of a group of winemakers in their thirties, re-energizing the Lot region’s most renowned varietal – Malbec. Château Les Croisille is one of the vineyards taking part in this revolution, by utilizing sustainable farming practices and modern winemaking techniques to create Cahors wines with finesse, freshness and balance.This family-run vineyard has been passed on to the next generation and, with this change in leadership, some changes in the vineyard – Château Les Croisille expanded its acreage and in 2010, converted to organic viticulture.