Our Wines

For our Cahors wine, we want to achieve the maximum fruit to balance the naturally high tannin of the malbec grapes. In our white wines we strive for freshness, concentration of fruit and above all the essential balance between the components of the wine.

We follow closely new developments in winemaking techniques, both in France and in the wider world. We experiment with new methods, when they are appropriate for our grapes and the kind of wine we make, but our goal remains to make good wine with a distinctly French character.

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Red Wine - Cahors Malbec

All our reds are appellation protégée Cahors and are made 100% from the malbec grape variety, which is responsible for the exceptionally deep colour and hence the name of the ‘Black Wine of Cahors’. It also gives the wine good fruit, excellent body and aging potential. Cahors is the birthplace of malbec, which is now also an important variety in Argentina. The majority of the best Cahors wines are made wholly from malbec, and we believe that it is these wines that achieve the full individuality of the appellation.

Each year we mature some of our Cahors in oak, and we bottle some without oak aging. The difference is of style rather than quality – all these wines have the same intrinsic quality because they are made from the same original wine – only the aging methods are different.

Most of our red wines are made to be kept – vins de garde. In time, they will mature into a complex and satisfying balance. They will not reveal their full quality when young and this is why we sell these wines only after they have acquired sufficient bottle age to begin to show their potential. Most will keep and improve for several years more.

Red Wine List

These are the red wines which we are currently selling, See How to Buy for vintages available, prices and delivery terms.

•Cahors Cuvée Bonheur  Malbec

A fresh fruity wine with low tannin, made to be drunk and enjoyed young, but which will become more complex if given a few years of bottle age. No oak contact.

•Cahors Classique Malbec

Not aged in oak. Bottled a year earlier than the oak aged wines. Each year the wine used is exactly the same as that used for barrel aging.

•Cahors Réserve Malbec

This is also a barrel-aged wine, but using older barrels. It has the roundness of a barrel-aged wine but only faint oak flavour.

•Cahors Fût de Chêne Malbec

Aged in barrels of French oak for about 14 months and bottled some 18 months after the harvest. The barrel-aging softens and rounds the tannins of the wine and gives greater complexity to the flavour.

2007 Classique Label

Red Vintage Guide

We have been lucky to have a long run of very good to excellent years in recent times. All the vintages we currently offer are of very fine quality.

We have included guidance on how long the wines will continue to improve in bottle. Red wines made for keeping become finer, softer and more complex with age. The point at which a wine is ‘at its best’ is rather subjective because some people like the taste of older wines more than others. Having reached its optimum, the wine will start to decline slowly, but should remain enjoyable for several more years. Our 1995 Cahors is still very pleasant to drink, although it is (to our taste) less exciting than it was a few years back.

All the vintages prior to and including 2010 are now sold. We don’t expect them to develop any further.

2003 – the year of the heat wave, with sustained temperatures in August of 40°C. The grapes were extremely ripe - many had dried into raisins on the vines and had to be removed prior to harvest. Cahors wines of this year have a characteristic toasty taste; they are very rich and ripe, reminiscent of more southerly wines in a normal year. Wines of power and richness.

2004 – a typical Cahors year, more tannic than the 2002s but with excellent concentrated fruit; the oak aged wines are as usual a little more forward than the unoaked Classique. Often overshadowed by the highly regarded 2005s

2005 – a very good year throughout south west France, with excellent balance and finesse. Excellent for drinking now.

2008 – very well balanced wines which are currently very enjoyable and will keep well for several more years.

2009 - a very fine vintage. All the wine of this year was barrel aged and therefore sold as Fût de Chêne. The wine is big, powerful and rich with fine fruit, good balance and great complexity. It should keep and improve for many years more.

2010 - the Classique has become much appreciated as it ages. The tanin, although quite soft, is still noticeable which makes it an excellent accompaniment to rich dishes such as confit de canard or roast goose.

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White Wines

Sunlight through Vineleaves

Although there is little tradition of making white wine in the Lot, there is a growing interest and there are now sufficient plantings to show that very high quality white can be grown in this area. Around 30% of our production is white wine.

The wines are classified as IGP Côtes du Lot (previously Vin de Pays du Lot). For historical reasons, there is no appellation protégée for white in our area. These wines are made with all the care and quality control that we use for our appellation protégée reds.

Our cépages are sauvignon and chardonnay, which we bottle as separate varietals. Our main production of chardonnay is unoaked, but we make a limited quantity of barrel-fermented wine in favourable years. This latter wine improves with a little bottle age.

All our white wines are sur lie - this means that they are kept on the fermentation lies until the spring, to develop ‘fatness’ and complexity.

La Combe - sauvignon, dry, full, fruity and aromatic - full of sauvignon varietal character. Sadly the last vintage we made (2021) is sold out.

Le Clos - dry chardonnay with no oak contact, concentrated and rich.

Le Clos d'Or - dry chardonnay fermented and aged on the lies in new French oak barriques.

Keeping our white wines

The Le Clos chardonnay keeps and improves remarkably well if kept in reasonable conditions. All the vintages back to our first in 2002 are still very enjoyable - the 2003 is particularly good at the moment.

The La Combe sauvignon also remains very drinkable for several years - the oldest we have tasted recently is the 2007. However the fresh and pungent aromas of the young wine fade after a few years, but it remains with a good taste in the mouth. If you like a typically aromatic sauvignon we recommend you to drink it within two years or so of the vintage .

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See How to Buy for vintages available, prices and delivery terms.

Food with our wines

Here are a few ideas of the food we think goes especially well with our wines. This list is by no means exhaustive and you can find one or other of our wines that will go really well with most dishes. The exception is puddings, since we don’t make sweet wine. Do try white wines with cheeses sometimes – they can often be better than red, contrary to received opinion!

La Combe  sauvignon:

Le Clos  chardonnay:

Cahors Cuvée Bonheur:

Cahors Classique, Réserve and Fût de Chêne:

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