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2020 Cahors

Clos La Coutale

Discount Eligible $18.00

If you are a devout newsletter reader, you’re probably already familiar with Coutale’s Cahors, a wine we consider a portfolio staple. And if you’re new to these pages, you might be wondering why to choose this bottle over another. It happens to be one of only a handful of reds we import from southwest France, and the only one that’s made from Côt, the variety better known as Malbec. Its meatiness and rustic aromas of coffee and ripe black fruit give this rouge a rugged appeal. It tells the story of a less-traveled side of the country, where cliffs are stacked with hefty limestone and there’s a whiff of wild in the air. And while this wine is a great value for drinking now, you could also consider it an investment; it has the potential to age beautifully over the next few years in the unlikely chance you forget you have it on hand.

Jane Augustine

Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
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%

Where the newsletter started

Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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