Region: Cahors, France
Variety: Malbec, Merlot
There are two sides to Cahors: the alluvial valley of the Lot river, and the plateaux or 'Causses' as they are called locally. The latter is where you will find Cahors’ most captivating wines. The soils in the Causses are Kimmeridgian bedrock (of Chablis and Sancerre fame) with a topsoil of clay and Siderolithic, a very iron-rich soil which imparts a distinct umami quality to its wine.
Maya and Nicolas at Domaine La Calmette are not alone in making great wine on the Causses, there is a group of forward-thinking vignerons, with Fabien Jouves flying the flag for the region for years. Consequently, and excitingly, Cahors from the Causses is becoming better known and appreciated. Calmette's vibrant expressions are a combination of thoughtful viticulture, lighter extraction and low to no sulphur resulting in energetic, saline, mineral, complex wines with an unmistakable DNA of freshness running through each cuvee. Incredibly exciting wines!
70/30 Malbec/Merlot. Wow! This is brooding, sensual, enrobing. Such complexity, each sniff and sip there's something novel and exciting. Co-ferment has created great harmony. It's powerful but poised with Damson plum and bramble with a black olive savoury/saline edge. The tannins are dense and chewy in the best way, with crunchy, limestone freshness propping everything up. Fantastic.