France — Southwest — Cahors • $17.95 • 89/100
Here’s a chance to taste the Malbec grape, without overripe, pruney fruit, or masses of oak. The wine is so bright and fresh, with a lightness and elegance that suggests to me that it might be fermented with whole, uncrushed berries, though I couldn’t confirm this on the winery website. And there’s no evidence of oak. I’m charmed by the wine — you can sip it or quaff it, and it’s terrific with food. For what it’s worth, I raised my score to 89 from the original 88, and I’m tempted to go even higher. My formal review follows.
This is a surprisingly bright, elegant and accessible Malbec from Cahors. The wine is deep purple-red in colour, but with some clear translucence towards the edge. Fresh but ripe blueberry and plum fruit aromas are edged by violets, with a subtle twiggy undertone. Bright acidity and fine tannins define the palate: it is mid-weight, with juicy fruit that is firm but light. A fresh and very modern Malbec, and an excellent value — a Best Buy for sure. • Tasted 2017-10-28 • LCBO id#498444 • Find it at your nearest LCBO • JOSEPH CIPELLI WINES & SPIRITS (Agent)