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Cahors is the historic and once world-famous home of Malbec; it was Cahors that gave Argentina its first Mabec vines, when French agronomists took cuttings over there in 1852. This migration of the variety to South America was not so much encouraged, but forced by the jealousy of the Bordeaux market, who blocked export of wines from the South-West of France for fear the Bordelais would be overshadowed by their wines. While the variety flourished in Argentina, the arrival of Phylloxera in mainland Europe in the 1860s sounded the death knell for the Cahors wine industry, destroying the entire regions vineyards over the course of the decade. Fortunately, in recent years, the variety has been nurtured and is making something of a bit of a comeback.
The 27 hectares of Chateau Paillas are based on the Floressas plateau, which has a brilliant terroir for Malbec, the main grape in this blend. The plateau is at high altitude (240 metres above sea level), so the vines are well-aerated which prevents damage caused by damp and mildew. It also avoids the low-lying morning fogs and in fact has full sunlight for most of the day which encourages the full and even ripening of the fruit.Chateau Paillas Cahors is a blend of 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot. This is an expressive wine with a bouquet of violets, the bergamot of Earl Grey tea and soft red stone fruits such as cherry and plum. A rich and plump wine, it is powerful yet soft and rounded with fine tannins. Pair with cassoulet, breaded veal cutlets, and aubergine parmigiana.
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