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2019 Cahors

Clos La Coutale

That Philippe is able to coax this much complexity and class from the Malbec and Merlot he blends for this cuvée is nothing short of extraordinary.

Discount Eligible $17.00

This month’s value comes from the “other” south of France, the Southwest—a stunningly beautiful, well-preserved region. Lesser known than Provence or the Riviera, it is perhaps most famous for its luxury products, such as Armagnac, foie gras, and truffles. While those products have their merits, of course, locals have long enjoyed simpler pleasures as well. Take Clos La Coutale’s Cahors, with its reputation that dates back six generations of making drinkable, affordable, reliable, everyday rouge. Philippe Bernède, who has headed the estate for more than three decades, provides a red that is full of expression and fruit when poured into the glass (thank you, Merlot), with darker spice, licorice, and cassis lurking behind (hats off to you, Malbec). Young, it is juicy, smooth, and fresh. As it ages, keep an eye out for hints of some of the region’s more famous goods.

Chris Santini

Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
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%


Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312