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CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS – 90 points from Wine Spectator!

CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS 2007 – Score: 90  POINTS – Wine SpectatorCLOS LOA COUTALE

“Big, rich and darkly colored—these are the descriptors for the best red wines from the Cahors district of southwest France. The leading grape is Malbec (that’s right, there was Malbec before Argentina) and now a small group of quality-oriented producers is pursuing a higher profile for Malbec in its homeland. Tannat and Merlot can also used in these blends. Besides an array of dark fruit flavors, the following wines from Cahors offer plenty of muscle and dense structures. They beg to be drunk with a juicy rib-eye or a roasted leg of lamb. There’s a good sense of elegance to the well-defined, concentrated flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, followed by notes of sage, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf on the long, powerful finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. — Kim Marcus“

Philippe Bernéde is a renaissance man whose interests range from cooking, to sports, aviation and a few patented inventions. Winegrowing is his passion, however, and it shows in the quality of his wine. This 55 hectare estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial valley floor, along the meandering Lot River. The soil, which consists of gravel, silica clay and limestone, is particularly well-suited for vines. Because the vineyards face southwest, they are protected from the cold winds that blow from the Causse upland plateau. This also allows the fruit to achieve full ripeness early in the season.

The domaine has been in the family for six generations and is planted to the traditional varietals of Cahors – Malbec (locally known as ‘Cot’), which provides deep color, structure and tannin and Merlot, which softens the young wine and improves the bouquet. The wine is aged in large oak foudres before being bottled unfiltered. Although it can be enjoyed young, it ages very well.

“Incredibly bright color, like the skin of a ripe black cherry, the aroma captivates. There is a suspicion of new oak, a jumble of black fruits (cherry, cassis, blackberry), plus a little corner of blueberry, plus a subtle smoky nuance, and a fleeting suggestion of black truffle. And the perfume is only the opening salvo. The palate is rich, loaded with delicious fruit. It is round, and tannic with superb balance and structure.” – Kermit Lynch

dan_kermit1a_2 Dan & Melinda Redman of Mosaic Wine Group with Kermit Lynch

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Taste 3 iconic Kermit Lynch wines at The Austin Wine Merchant today

Mosaic Wine Group will be pouring three selections from the Kermit Lynch portfolio, today, March 4, 5-7 p.m., at The Austin Wine Merchant (512 West Sixth Street, Austin, between Nueces and San Antonio, 512-499-0512). No RSVP required.

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Domaine Savary 2007 Chablis

Traditional-style, terroir-driven expressions of Chablis made in small quantities.

Château Thivin 2007 Côte de Brouilly

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Clos la Coutale 2006 Cahors

Clos la Coutale is a sixth-generation winemaker in Cahors, in Southwestern France (near Bordeaux). Made predominantly from Malbec (known locally as Cot), Merlot, and Tannat, this is one of the most elegant and iconic expressions of the appellation.