Cahors, Clos La Coutale
A benchmark for French Malbec. Clos La Coutale can trace its origin back to 1850 although the the vineyards were replanted 15 years after phylloxera epidemic. Under the leadership of Philippe Bernède since 1980, who represent the 6th generation, the winery has expanded to cover up to 100 hectares. Philippe is also a keen inventor, and owns a few patents including the popular Coutale-style waiter's friend corkscrew.
Producer Clos La Coutale
Viticulture & Winemaking Organic viticulture. Grapes are destemmed, pressed and fermented in thermo regulated vats. Pigeage (punching down of the cap) is achieved with a patented Coutale pneumatic pigeur. The wine is then aged for a year in large barrels.
Grapes Malbec (Cot noir), Merlot
Region Cahors, South West, France
Tasting Notes Rich bramble fruit, plum and blackberries. Crunchy tannins, pleasant round and long finish.