Posted on April 30th, 2008
In my first post on wine from Cahors, I wrote
“the new threat to Cahors could be said to be Argentinian Malbec, which is getting better and better. Poor Cahors will never have it easy”
A post on frenchmalbec.com disagreed, which they have every right to,
“Unfortunately, the message didn’t reach everybody and we might read from time to time some unfortunate comments such as those published in the blog sourgrapes.ie”
From an Irish consumer perspective, I stand by what I wrote. You can see it play out on the shelves of supermarkets and more specialised wine shops.
Malbec from Argentina is quite a bit cheaper, more widely available and easier to drink than most of those from Cahors.
That said, I’m a big fan of Cahors and I’ll seek them out.
French & Argentina working together on Malbec
Despite what I wrote, it’s great to see that France & Argentina are working together on Malbec. Rather than being a zero sum game with one winner and one loser, I think jointly promoting Malbec is a fantastic approach.
The last thing I want to see is a McDonalds/Starbucks-type homogeneity in wine, so I’m all for the joint promotion of Malbec, a grape that offers something different and something very special.
If you’re interested, intrigued or excited by Malbec, then I heartily recommend that you explore frenchmalbec.com, a really excellent site with plenty to read and explore about the enigmatic Malbec grape from Cahors.
Previous Cahors posts on sourgrapes.ie
Future Cahors posts on sourgrapes.ie
- Domaine Du Théron 2001
- Chateau du Cèdre 2004
- Chateau la Rose Rouge 2000