Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Trio of Cahor Wines and the Pairings Served #Winophiles

I received three bottles of wine for tasting purposes.  I received no monetary compensation.  All thoughts, writings and opinions are strictly my own. 

Are you familiar with Cahors wine?  You might be surprised.  I know I was when I received three lovely bottles of Malbec wine for this month's virtual visit to Cahors, France.

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Come on in and see what I found out this month........


Now, I am going to share what I found out by exploring Cahors on the internet and through tasting their wine but several of our Winophiles, including our host Nicole of Somm's Table,  have actually been to Cahors.  I can't wait to meet up with them during  Twitter chat today and pick their brains and memories.  Join us at 11 am ET following #Winophiles.  It is going to be great fun.

You can read Nicole's invitation post and learn a little more about her trip and why she chose this theme.  Nicole also provided for some of us to receive samples of Cahors wine with assistance from Jill of L'Occasion.  The wineries that provided us the samples may also be available during chat.  Look for @Cahors_Malbec.

I received three bottles of wine and paired them with three different meals.  We had a lot of fun experimenting with these Malbecs from Cahors.


My first pairing was a bottle of Le Sang de ma Terre from Chateau de Gadeau that I paired with a Grilled Beef Salad with Kiwano Dressing.  This wine is 100% Malbec.  This wine poured a deep, almost violet, red.  It paired well with the grilled steak but not so well with the citrus in the dressing.  I enjoyed the glass I had after dinner more than the glass with dinner.  However, keep in mind, the glass was empty after dinner and ready for a refill so it wasn't an awful pairing.



The next pairing was much more traditional.  I made a Pot Roast with Apples and Onions, served over mashed potatoes with a side of Green Beans.  I poured a glass of Cuvee Particuliere from Chateau LaMartine.  This wine is 90% Malbec with 10% Tannat.  It is spicy and heavy, my kind of wine.  It paired pretty well with the pot roast but I would love to have had a glass with grilled lamb chops.  I think it would have been lovely.



The last pairing I am sharing is a Middle Eastern dish called Shakshuka  that I served with Chateu du Cedre,  Extra Libre Cahors Malbec.  This wine is also a deep dark purple with a hint of spice.  I liked this wine.  It is 90% Malbec with 10% Merlot.  It is soft and drinkable.  It wasn't a perfect pairing as I think the dish was a bit acidic for the wine, however it was a decent pairing with the spices combining nicely.  I enjoyed my second glass after dinner without food, as well.

Those were my pairings.  Now I'm heading over to see what the others thought of their wine from Cahors.  Here is what we are talking about today.......



I'm going to finish up reading these articles so that I can pop into chat before heading to my niece's 21st Birthday celebration.  I think I will buy her a nice bottle of French Wine to mark the occasion!!

8 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a feast with those wines. Nice pairings!

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  2. The only crossover with what I had was the Extra Libre. Nice to hear about yours! I like the sound of that pot roast.

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  3. As always, the food looks incredible! I've tried just one of the bottles, but will keep your tasting and pairing experience in mind for the other two.

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    1. Cheers Payal. I opened my last bottle tonight with dinner.

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  4. Thanks so much for the shout out Wendy. That pot roast sounds lovely. Hope you niece had a great 21st birthday!

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