A gift of the book Families of the Vine by Michael Sanders piqued my interest in the wines from Cahors.
The book centres around the lives of some the Cahors winemakers.
With summers that are too hot, when hail or gales damage their crop just before harvest, the book highlights how their livelihoods are at the mercy of the weather.
Despite this, they just get on with it, showing remarkable stoicism along the way.
This may sound a bit naff but these real human stories behind the wines of Cahors somehow create more of an experience when I buy a bottle.
Was it raining this year or that? Did the sun scorch the grapes? Just some of the thoughts that are conjured up when I sip a glass of this rich French Malbec.
Head over and give it a listen (and please overlook my bunged-up nose!).
If you can find it, I’d recommend the Chateau du Cèdre “Le Prestige” as a great introduction to Cahors.