Château Lamartine 2011 Cahors

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This is the main cuvée that has made the reputation of Château Lamartine. A great typical Cahors with a quality similar to the big names of the appellation, at a very sweet price. It is a powerful Malbec with aromas of ripe red fruit, a hint of liquorice and a long toasted finish which will be ideal paired with a nice red meat. Last but not least, it is the only Cahors in the 2014 Top 100 form the Wine Spectator!
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Château Lamartine Eye Bright red
Vintage 2011 Nose  Ripe red fruits, liquorice and toast
Appellation Cahors Mouth Powerful with ripe red fruits aromas and a hint of liquorice.
Area South-West   The finish is long with toasted notes
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Malbec (90%) Merlot (10%) Drink before 2018
Type Dry Open  1 hour before
    Drinking temperature 17°C
Food pairing
Obviously the ideal match for South-West cuisine: duck confit, cassoulet, pan fried duck breast… etc
A word about the domain
Château Lamartine has been in the same family for generations. Alain Gayraud's Grandfather, Edouard Sérougne, had a key role in the region, as he was the founder of the first union of Cahors, aiming at defending and promoting Cahors wines. Today, Alain Gayraud makes the most of his beautiful terroir, mixing modern techniques and respect of the environment. He his one of the most respected winemakers in Cahors.
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 2*

About the wine
Wine Spectator: 90/100
Ranked 94 in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014
"There's a ripe plushness to the dried blackberry, fig and tobacco flavors that lengthen out on the spice-infused midpalate. Baker's chocolate, cream and vanilla notes power the finish. Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2019."

Gault & Millau: 15/20
"A civilized Cahors with a straightforward aromatic scent, toaster notes and perfectly integrated tannins on the palate, clearly reflecting a desire to produce a wine with an engaging style. Clearly a success! The final of mace and pepper is bright."
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Clay and limestone
Age of vines 30 to 45 years old
Yield 50 hl/ha
Harvest Manual
Maturing 20 months in concrete vats and oak barrels
Bottled June 2013
Alcohol 13.5%