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Quercy or Cahors? Wines from France Tasting

“Quercy or Cahors?”

wUst Fine Wine Imports and Kevin Wenck has new wines for us to enjoy !

Discover Cahors in Southwest France

The small appellation of Coteaux du Quercy, which is only 20 miles south of Cahors, produces very different wines that primarily use Cabernet Franc instead of Malbec.

Cahors is one of south-west France’s most unspoiled ancient towns. Formerly the capital of the old province of Quercy, the town perches dramatically on a rocky peninsula on a series of horse-shoe bends along the languid river Lot which is the longest river in south-west France.

Wine Lineup with Food Pairings

Bessey de Boissy (Coteaux de Quercy) Rouge 2015 
glass $11 / bottle $35; retail to go $19

This is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, 20% Malbec, and 8% Tannat. There is an interesting aroma profile of rich plums and freshly baked croissants. Flavors are of ripe juicy blackberries and boysenberries along with hints of honey and hawthorn and a refreshing minerality. There is a round and rich medium body, smooth tannins, and good balance.

Food pairings are quite versatile and would include lamb, veal, duck, New York Steak, hamburgers, sausages, grilled fish, cassoulet, soups, Mexican food, Asian stir frys, and grilled vegetables.

Impernal (Cahors) 2014 
glass $11 / bottle $35; retail to go $19

This is a Cahors Malbec from "Vieilles Vignes" of at least 40 years of age. There is a nice aroma profile of old roses, vanilla, and cocoa and rich flavors of blackberries and dark plums along with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. There is a medium to full mouthfeel, good balance and a sense of "lightness" as the wine dances across your palate, and flavorful tannins on the finish.

Food pairings would include Filet Mignon, New York steak, rib eye, roast beef, beef stew, Mexican food, vegetable stir fry, and hard cheeses.

Collection (Coteaux de Quercy) Rouge 2014 
glass $14 / bottle $45; retail to go $23

This is a collaborative effort using the best fruit of some of the local growers and it is quite interesting. The blend is 58% Cabernet Franc, 20% Tannat, 14% Merlot, and 8% Malbec. There is a very smooth and welcoming nose of blackcurrant, mocha, peonies, spices, and white flowers which then evolves into flavors of black fruits, dark cherries, and dark chocolate. Although fully flavored, the medium to light mouthfeel adds elegance and perfect balance across your palate.

Intriguing tannins add to the versatility of this wine which will perfectly complement New York Steak, Rib Eye, Roast Beef, short ribs, veal chops, pork chops, pork tenderloin, duck, grilled tuna, and BBQ ribs. This is also a very well structured wine with aging potential of ten to 12 years.

Chateau Ponzac (Cahors) "Estate" 2016 (100% Malbec)
glass $15 / bottle $46; retail to go $24

This is the primary "estate" wine of Chateau Ponzac which is blended out of separately vinified parcels across the estate. Aromas are of blackberries, pomegranate, and blueberries. Flavors include rich tart cherries, ripe peaches, and boysenberries. This has a very satisfying medium to full body, is perfectly balanced across the palate, and an enjoyable finish.

Food pairings include filet mignon, New York steak, rib eye, roast beef, lamb, duck, venison, wild boar, pork chops, ratatouille, coq au vin, vegetable casseroles, and rich and hard cheeses.

Tasting Fee $15.00

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