Wine review: Clos la Coutale 2007 Cahors (France)

Clos La Coutale Cahors 2007From the other place where Malbec grows free and is celebrated, Cahors in Southwestern France, comes a Malbec unlike any you’ve tried from the warm climes of Argentina. Dark, inky fruit of black cherry and blackberry. Tar and brown tobacco leaf. Smooth tannins with some serious alcohol and relatively tame acidity. Has a flowery aroma as well as a slight (odd) whiff of dill pickle. Hmm…the heartiest Malbec I’ve wrapped my tongue around. At $13, it’s affordable enough just to try it for its uniqueness.

Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
: $13 – $14
Occasion: Tasted at a blind wine tasting.
Food pairing: Hearty dishes with fat in them, non-spicy chili.
Availability: Fine wine shops and grocery stores that know what they’re doing. Available online at
And locally in Tampa Bay at Ed’s Fine Wines


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