Cahors Red Wine

The vineyards of Cahors in South West France have been there for twenty centuries: the Renaissance poet Clement Marot, Pope John XXII, Francois I and Henry IV have all been ambassadors.  Mass wine for the Russian Orthodox Church, or sovereign remedy for Tsar Peter the Great, Cahors wine has come down to us over the centuries. After the dramatic slump in its fortunes caused by phylloxera in the years 1883-1885, in 1971 it was awarded AOC status for its 4200 hectares.  The resurrection of Cahors as a quality wine was largely the result of a quality-focused resurrection of the original grape varieties. This insistence on quality spread throughout the AOC zone, enabling the wine to recover its former position as one of France’s leading wine regions.  Cahors wines inherit their personality from their principal grape variety, the Auxerrois, with an admixture of Tanat and Merlot. Pleasant when drunk young, many make excellent wines for laying down (up to twelve years and more). 70% of the vineyards are concentrated in the Lot valley between Cahors and Puy L'Eveque; here, the wines are powerful, full-bodied and very fruity. On the causse above Cahors, they are a little less robust, but have distinctive finesse and elegance.


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