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Cahors, Château de Hauterive 2011

Red Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
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The Filhol family have farmed this part of Vire-sur-Lot for generations and have well-exposed vines on gravel beds above the Lot River. Mostly malbec and a little merlot combine in this lovely, fruity and supple red.
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Code: FC26151

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Malbec/Cot
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

South-West France (ex Bordeaux)

Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. ...
Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. Here you will find Côtes de Gascogne, Madiran, Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Irouléguy, the latter of which is in real Basque country in the foothills of the Pyrennes, close to the Bay of Biscay.

The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is surprisingly strong even this deep inland and it merges with continental and alpine elements across such a large area to provide moist spring weather and wet winters counterbalanced by hot summers and long, sunny autumns just as the grapes are ripening. Naturally, the area is great enough in size for the soils to be incredibly varied across it. Alluvial and marine soils, often gravel and limestone respectively, are common factors in many areas, the former often on rising terraces above rivers or ancient watercourses.

In many appellations and IGPs it has taken the dynamism of forward thinking, passionate cooperatives and visionaries to save the vineyards and indigenous grape varieties of these regions from serious neglect or even extinction. The devastation of phylloxera around the end of the 19th century was particularly bad in these areas and it was not really until the 1970s, and even later in some cases, that a turnaround in fortunes occurred. The roll call of local varieites is impressive and promising – abouriou, arrufiac, baroque, duras, fer servadou, jurançon noir, len de l’el, petit manseng, gros manseng, mauzac, négrette, tannat and peiti courbu. It is a region that should make a curious wine lover’s mouth water.
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Manchester Evening News

A cracking bargain inmy book. Cahors is dominated by malbec and is a great wine to match roastedmeats and steak in particular. This is supple, fruity and expressive fromgrapes grown on gravel beds above...
A cracking bargain inmy book. Cahors is dominated by malbec and is a great wine to match roastedmeats and steak in particular. This is supple, fruity and expressive fromgrapes grown on gravel beds above the river.
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- Andy Cronshaw

Observer Food Monthly

Centuries beforeArgentina made itself synonymous with malbec, winemakers in the Lot region ofsouth-west France were using the variety (known there as cot) to make inky-darktannic red wines. They're...
Centuries beforeArgentina made itself synonymous with malbec, winemakers in the Lot region ofsouth-west France were using the variety (known there as cot) to make inky-darktannic red wines. They're still using it today, sometimes pursuing power butoften opting for a more perfumed genteel style such as Château de Hauterive's,where the accent is on bright, supple, floral-inflected plum and damson fruit.
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- David Williams

Decanter

Hints of fruit andspice with liquorice undertones. An appealing herbal and liquorice tang, with anote of bittersweet chocolate and well-handled tannins.

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