2011 Domaine du Théron Cahors Malbec Cuvée Prestige
I popped the cork and sweet cherries filled the air. The color that I poured into my glass was purpley black. I’ve never seen one this color before… Intriguing, really intriguing. Definitely Old World in nose. This one is making me smack my lips before I even taste it. I believe I’ve begun yearning for Old World wines. A touch of earth, not sterilized from the New World over filtering/fining processes. The familiar aromas; a touch of barnyard, lots of ripe plums, and low alcohol… Yes, only 13 percent. I don’t like being overwhelmed by high alcohol. I like a kinder, gentler touch in reds. This is a 2011 Domaine du Théron Malbec, now nearly six years old. Pinch me…
Purchased Photo: Copyright: pase4 / 123RF Stock Photo ~ Autumn view from above to Pont Valentre, Cahors, France
HISTORY: Founded by the Romans in the heart of a meandering Lot River, and protected by high hills, Cahors, is as picture perfect was is was in the Middle Ages. It’s developed into a flourishing city of commerce and crafts.
SAMPLE: HB Wine Merchants
Cahors France: Located in the southwest of France, Cahors is on the Lot River in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France. It’s a region east of Bordeaux and known as the birthplace of Malbec. This wine is 100 percent Malbec from Cahors, and is a reserve wine called Cuvée Prestige. It’s made by a small estate producer founded in the mid 1970s. HB says, “This wine has a unique style and is a bit softer and more accessible that the traditional Malbec from this area. This means it brings immediate drinking pleasure to the consumer without the need for five extra years of bottle aging and softening.” I agree.
I tasted it and immediately got the dry cherries, the long, toasty finish of French oak, and that the tannins had softened significantly. There’s still a lot of life left in this wine. It has no telltale color change from age around its edges. Get your hands onto this wine for a real European treasure, notably from France.
This one deserves a movie. It’s going to 100 degrees in Russian River Valley today, so I’m going to take my cue and pair this experience with something from France. Cahors is considered one of the most beautiful villages of France. What I found…
Starring the very gifted actress Helen Mirren, along with Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon… The story begins in Mumbai, where the Kadam family is running a restaurant. The second-oldest son Hassan (Manish Dayal) was getting ready to replace his mother (Juhi Chawla), as the restaurant’s main cook. Unfortunately, a mob attacks with firebombs (over an election dispute), and their restaurant is destroyed. Father Kadam (Om Puri) and his family evacuate the guests, but the mother is killed. They begin a journey seeking asylum in Europe. Failed attempts have them finally arriving in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the Midi-Pyrénées. The father learns of a restaurant that’s availble, directly across the street from Le Saule Pleureur. The owner Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) is the owner and asks the Kadams to leave the private property. The father buys it, against he wishes of his family, and names it “Maison Mumbai.” What evolves is completely delicious served to all of us watching the movie’s story evolve.
What struck me most were the colors in this movie… As Joyful and intoxicating as this picture I found to represent the story.
Three cheers for a great wine and moving pairing… Bringing in the Old World (India) to a new world (France), when the “New World” (France) for us, is considered the “Old World” when it comes to wine. It’s all relative, n’est ce pas?