According the tasting notes for K-nom 2012 Clos Troteligotte Cahors Malbeb from France “Enticing red cherry aromas lead you into a sip of this well-made Malbec blend. Your palate is immediately filled with fresh berries, but there is underlying complexity as the earthy notes become apparent. Silky-smooth tannins and pleasant minerality allow this French Malbec to pair exquisitely with grilled meats, barbecue, and oven-roasted chicken.”

I found this to be just an OK Malbec. I can see it standing up the grilled meat, but I disagree with it going well with barbecue or chicken. The wine is also much darker than other malbecs I have tasted in the last year. For my taste I found it to be too acidic and I think that would hamper its pairing with barbecue, I see it over powering the pork.

The vineyard where this Malbec is produced oversees 24 acres on the plateau of Villeseque, Emmanuel Rybinski tends to produce some of the best terroir in Cahors. While you may be more acquainted with Malbec from Argentina, the grape’s true home is in France and it performs beautifully in the Cahors region of Southwest France.

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