Under $20 Value Wine Pick – 2005 Chateau La Coustarelle Cahors, South West France

Winery: Chateau La CoustarelleCoustarelleFront

Bottling: 2005 Cahors “Cuvee Tradition” (80% Malbec 20% Merlot)

Importer: Charles Neal Selections

Region: France

Sub-Region: Cahors, Southwestern France

Estimated Retail Price: $13

Purchase Details: Purchased from K&L Wine Merchant for $12.99 plus tax in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, opaque, motor oil black liquid.  On the nose, graphite, black fruit and a little meat.  In the mouth, blackberries, graphite, plum, licorice and smoke.  Burly, aggressive, but surprisingly velvety tannins rip through your mouth.  This is a full-bodied wine with a rough texture and a rough disposition.

If you haven’t hit puberty yet, this wine and the wines from Cahors in general will make you grow hair not only on your chest, but everywhere.  The British CoustarelleBackonce coined it “The Black Wine” and today continues to be known as one of the most robust and powerful wines out there.  Hold this for another 5 years to see how it evolves.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Any kind of sausages, game meats or anything fatty for that matter.  Heck, drink this wine on it’s own just to show off to your friends.

Winery & Other Background Information: I like the wines from Cahors a lot.  They are some of the most interesting wines on the market.  They’re not very expensive either (usually around $12-$15) and what you get in return as far as a unique, singular tasting wine, far outweighs the price even if it were in the twenty dollar range.


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