Cahors, La Chapelle du Clos, 2014

  Clos Triguedina

Contains Sulphites.

About Clos Triguedina

Jean-Luc Baldes’ family have been growing grapes in Cahors since 1830 so their knowledge of the how best to exploit Malbec in this South-Western corner of France is second to none. Aiming for an altogether more elegant and refined expression than perhaps the region is known for, Jean-Luc farms 70 hectares of vineyards on three distinct soil types. Chappelle du Clos comes from the red-clay dominated soils at the valley floor, giving a wine of ample fruit and velvet texture, a touch of merlot enhancing this effect. The grand vin Clos Triguedina is a blend of limestone, gravel and red-clay, Malbec dominated with merlot and tannat, the aim being a faithful representation of great Cahors terroir, without any rustic, hard edges. Furthermore, the domaine like to keep their wines in bottle until ready to drink, so the current release is generally 5 or so years old, making them irresistible on release. Suave, balanced and full of character, these are the perfect things to pair with the region’s standout dishes such as duck confit, cassoulet and Toulouse sausage as well as truffled dishes and robust charcuterie.

Appellation: Cahors

Cahors is an appellation in South Western France famed for its “black wines” made from the Malbec grape. Locals will tell you that in years gone by these powerful wines were more in demand than their lighter counterparts from Bordeaux. Nowadays they represent a value alternative to Claret, particularly if you’re looking for something to pair with hearty dishes like Cassoulet and Confit de Canard. The wines are sometimes blended with a little merlot or Malbec, to bring a little more approachability, and are increasingly planted on the limestone slopes of the valley rather than the heavier clay and gravel valley floor. A propensity for rusticity means that a gentle hand with extraction is one of the key attributes of the new wave of Cahors, and led by the likes of Jean-Luc Baldes, a new breed of producers are emerging, coaxing a previously unforeseen elegance and drinkability from this regions’ naturally powerful wines.

Grape Type: Malbec

Now little used in Bordeaux or the rest of France outside of Cahors, Malbec has found its 'home' in Argentina. Typically riper than Malbec from France, the wines from Argentina have developed a strong commercial appeal being accessible yet with a defined varietal character of black fruit, coffee and chocolate. The best Malbec has good ageing potential and is typically paired with red meats. Obra Prima Reserva from Familia Cassone, is an excellent example of Argentinean Malbec, offering complexity and richness from 100 year old vines, at a price that affirms Argentina's position as delivering excellent value for money in wine.