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2015 Cahors

Clos La Coutale

2015 Cahors Clos La Coutale - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Philippe Bernède is a man of many talents. The proprietor of Clos La Coutale, in Cahors, is more than a simple winemaker: when not preoccupied with his vigneron duties, Philippe is an accomplished inventor with a number of revolutionary creations under his belt. His main claim to fame is undoubtedly an ultra-practical, easy-to-use remodel of the double-lever corkscrew, christened the Coutale. Most recently, Philippe patented a mandoline intelligently designed to prevent any risk of injury—a must-have for the home cook wishing to avoid serving guests bits of sliced finger.
      In addition to his creations, Philippe enjoys aviation—he is a licensed pilot with his own little aircraft. A humble man with his feet firmly rooted on the ground, he can also be found zipping across the skies to the next tasting, cases of Cahors in the cargo bin.
      But Philippe is a vigneron above all else, and he takes unrivaled pleasure in crafting deep, spicy wines from his Cahors estate. His red is a longtime staple of our portfolio, consistently delivering soulful flavors of Southwest France at bargain cost. A palate-staining, inky purple elixir with heady scents of smoky black fruits, this Cahors somehow possesses incredibly smooth, caressing structure. Could it be thanks to Philippe’s patented punchdown machine, which assists in a gentle mechanical extraction of aromas and tannin? We can’t say for sure, but we do know that this remains one of the finest value reds in all of France. For anybody interested in the full Philippe Bernède experience, Coutale corkscrews are sold separately.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot
Appellation: Cahors
Country: France
Region: Southwest
Producer: Clos La Coutale
Winemaker: Philippe Bernède
Vineyard: 60 ha
Soil: Gravel, Limestone, Clay
Aging: Aged in foudre and 1-2 years old barrels from Bordeaux grand cru for one year before bottling
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Southwest

Tucked away beneath Bordeaux and buffeted by the Pyrenees to the south, this expansive region of France, commonly known as the Southwest, is home to a diverse number of viticulture and gastronomic traditions as well as cultures. Though Cahors might be the most well known (and easiest to pronounce) appellation from the Southwest, the importance and influence of French Basque culture cannot be underestimated. Irouléguy, the primary appellation of the Basque region of France produces full-bodied, hearty red wines, produced from Tannat grape (known for its tannic qualities). Dry whites from Irouléguy are also produced from Petit and Gros Manseng. Northeast of Irouléguy is the sweet wine-producing appellation of Jurançon. These moelleux wines made from Petit and Gros Manseng have a storied history in France, from being the first wine region to have a vineyard classification, which dates back to the 154th century, to being preferred wine of royalty dating back to the 16th century as well as the French poet Colette.

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