Region: Cahors, France
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!
100% Malbec from a single site of 45 year old vines. Red, iron-rich clay over Kimmeridgian. Two year elevage in foudre. The grand vin! Melange of black fruits with elderflower, blood orange and white pepper. A ferrous quality from the clay. Such precision and purity. This really shows Malbec in a new light: immensely fresh whilst retaining the power it's known for. A wine to be savoured with good friends and good food. Certainly one for your next steak frites night.