Winetrade Cahors

Specialist in wines from the French region Cahors

 
About the Cahors wines...

Cahors AOC is a red wine, consisting of at least 70% Malbec grapes, locally referred to as "Cot" or "Auxerrois". This gives the wines its powerfull, fruity taste, added Merlot grapes, which ensure the smooth, round taste. The tannin ensures that the wine is perfectly sustainable, up to 15, 20 years or some wines even longer! The tannin flavour dissapears with the preservation end a deliciously soft wine remains.

The entire region from Cahors to Fumel, along the banks of the river Lot, contains many winemakers, who all produce a reasonable to excellent Cahors. Even Prince Henrik of Denmark has his own wine château here (Château du Caïx) Especially the very pleasant climate of the region: wet spring, warm summer and dry autumn and the stony ground give the quality to the vines. In the past, this river Lot made sure that the winemakers themselves were able, despite opposition from the Bordeaux farmers, to ship the wine in Bordeaux to England, where the Cahors was better known as "Black Wine". Today the wine region covers about 4400 HA, 430 wine producers account for 187.00 HL wine in 2013.

There are different production methods: The "Tradition", preserved in steel barrels and "Fut en Chêne", preserved in new or used oak barrels, which are full wooden add aroma (vanilla notes) to the wine. Young drunk Cahors is aromatic and Fruity, delicious with cheese, foie gras or grilled meat. The ideal drinking temperature is 16-18 degrees.

A piece of history

The area of the Cahors is the oldest wine region in France. It was for centuries the most famous and most wanted wine from France. Already in the 1st century AD, Cahors liked to be drunk by the Roman emperors. It was exported to England, America and the tsars of Russia over time. Tsar Peter the Great would have even treated his stomach ulcer with Cahors! Around 1720 was the golden age of the Cahors and the area grew to 40,000 ha. In 1878, the grape aphid (Phulloxera) destroyed almost all grape vines. By continuing to cultivate with wrong rootstocks in order to still meet the high demand for Cahors, the quality dropped to a simple "Vin de Pays". Only after 1947 did some fanatical vintners ensure that the black wine, the really Cahors, came back. With the winters of 1956-1958, 95% of the wine trunks disappeared.
 

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