The Black Wine of Cahors

Medieval bridge over the Lot river in Cahors.jpg

Medieval bridge over the Lot River in Cahors, France

The city of Cahors, tucked into a rounded nook of the Lot River, is a lovely example of medieval architecture. At the heart of wine country, the city’s most memorable landmark is the Valentré Bridge, a 14th-century fortified stone arch bridge crossing the Lot River. The Valentré Bridge has become the symbol of the city. Another iconic example of Cahors is the wine made there.

The Cahors vineyard, dating back to Roman times, is one of the oldest in France. Cahors wines are powerful and robust, with deep color that inspired the English term “Black Wine of Cahors.” Adopted by the Orthodox Church as Mass wine and the court of the Tsars as ceremonial wine, the Black Wine is becoming increasingly popular with wine enthusiasts of the 21st century to whom it is better known as Malbec.

Ch H-Serre-Malbec-Cahors-ICONE copie.pngIn fact, Malbec (aka Côt, Côt Noir, Auxerrois, Pressac, etc.) is original to Burgundy but got its fame in Bordeaux and Cahors, source of the world’s best Malbec. Cahors wine can be enjoyed young, or it can be aged for 10 years or longer.

One of world’s best Malbecs (if not the best), the Icône of Château de Haute-Serre ($110), is now available at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

Read more about the Black Wine of Cahors and its makers in our latest edition of Wine Journal!

Atanas Nechkov, Wine & Spirits Supervisor

Follow me on Twitter @abcwineatanas

 

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