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The wine we are going to review tonight is a special one, as it comes from the famous Cahors wine region in sud-ouest of France – Crida Cahors-Malbec 2014 by Maison Bouey. The Cahors AOC is one the France’s most famous wine regions, for this is where, the legendary malbec variety has originated. Known for its plump, dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, malbec wines have been adored for centuries, especially by the royal houses of England and Russia. With elegant notes of plum, tobacco and a hints of violets, malbec offers a great alternative to the higher priced cabernet sauvignon, merlot or syrah wines. However, there’s more to malbec than just value, but let’s not get carried away by too much theory, without further ado, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble garnet color, with elegant purple shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits and savory flavours: overripe sour cherry, black soil dust, blackcurrant, leather, black mulberry, violets, ripe blackberry, black plum, cherry tree wood, black cherry and cherry tree sap. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of red wood, red pepper, nutmeg, roasted oakwood, polished wood and some nunced hints of veal.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, strong acidity and ripe tannin. It tastes fruity, leathery and earthy t the same time, with a nuanced bitter-seedy accent. This is a quite tannic, extracted and complex wine, as it feels well structured and quite grippy. The wine is a bit youthful and lush, yet it does not lack neither harmony nor elegance – this is a quite appealing old-world wine style that a quite abrasive and tart mouthfeel.
It has a long finish and a balanced, firm and bitter-seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of France and the overall rating says the same, with 91.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is a wine that is yet too young to be enjoyed in its current state – clearly still on the rise and quite far away from its prime form, therefore we would advocate for at least 2 or 3 more years of bottle ageing. The wine may lack a bit of harmony, but it does not lack complexity, as this is a fine wine with a straightforward character – firm, elegant and grippy. Still, if you decide to drink it now, we would suggest to pair it with meaty dishes that are rich in natural flavour and smooth textures, like for example a blue-rare fillet veal steak or a beef tenderloin steaks with herbs sauce, so that the wine’s angularity will be counterbalanced by the fatiness of the dish and enriched by the meat’s flavours and textures. Just remember that balance is key to everything. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Crida | Cahors-Malbec | 2014
grape: | malbec |
overall rating: | 91.7 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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