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Cahors Petit Clos, Clos Triguedina 2017

Red Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
Made from young malbec and merlot vines, raised for a short time in used barrels, in a fresh, fruity style for drinking young. This is concentrated, rich and full-bodied, showing the virtues of the 2017 vintage in the south-west of France
Price: £11.95 Bottle
Price: £143.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: FC40421

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Malbec/Cot
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • 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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Clos Triguedina

This leading estate in Cahors in South West France has been owned by the Baldès family since 1830. Jean-Luc Baldès, the current owner, has some 57 hectares from which to make his portfolio of wines which includes small amounts of white and rosé although it is visibly the red Cahors which shapes the estate’s reputation.

To this end, the vineyards – some of which are of considerable age - are planted mainly with malbec grapes as well as merlot and tannat. The style here is structured and generously flavoured.

The top wine is Probus, inspired by the Roman emperor of the same name, who is said to have authorised the return of winemaking to Cahors in the 3rd century after the vines had been uprooted 2 centuries earlier. Made from 100% malbec and aged in new oak it is intended for long-term cellaring.

Another addition to the range is the The New Black Wine, Jean-Luc’s reinvention of the original “black wine of Cahors” This was a favourite in England during the Middle Ages, and owed its density to the process of heating part of the must to extract more colour.

The Petit Clos produced by the estate is in a much, fresher fruitier style than the other wines and is meant to be drunk young. It is a perfect introduction to the fuller, darker wines of this historic estate.
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