Spotlight on Cosse Maisonneuve
Friday 20th- Sunday 22nd October
Producer Spotlight: Taste several of the beautiful, and excellent-value range from Cahors winemakers, Cosse Maisonneuve
For those who favour reds with a certain robustness, with bold tannins and rich black fruit notes, those who currently look to Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, should also certainly take their drinking south, to the Malbecs of the Cahors region.
While Argentina may have taken the lead in turning this noble grape into a brand, Cahors remains its original home and birthplace, with a history dating back to the Roman era. The Medieval period saw Cahors flourish as a financial hub elevating Malbec to global fame, only for it to later fade into comparative obscurity. However the region, in recent decades, has experienced revival. The wines were elevated to AOC status in 1971, following the trend within the Languedoc-Roussillon more generally of improving cultivation and production methods with a stronger focus on terroir.
As opposed to their high-alcohol, jammy-fruited Argentinian counterparts, the wines of Cahors tend more towards structure-with-balance. While they no doubt fall comfortably within the ‘big red’ category, a certain finesse, silky elegance and a balancing brightness accompanies the ‘bulk’.
Cosse Maisonneuve was founded in the late 1990s by Matthieu Cosse and Catherine Maisonneuve, with both contributing a wealth of experience in viticulture and oenology. Initially taking over a 5-hectare estate in Prayssac with 40-year-old Malbec vines, they then embarked on the path to biodynamics, rejecting synthetic inputs and viewing their vineyard as an interconnected ecosystem. The reward for their labour over the years are wines which always display a unique harmony and freshness. Despite the boldness of the Malbec grape, these are wines of complexity and elegance. They are interesting and at the same time, almost universally liked by those who taste them. They are also excellent value for the quality contained within each bottle....
The estate produces mostly Malbec, with recent releases of Cabernet Franc and Gamay making an appearance, in addition to their first white wine, which has turned out to be rather a triumph; find their particularly lovely Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano), here.
Today, the estate spans 15 hectares, and these vineyards, some perched over the River Lot, feature a range of soils, including clay, limestone, and calcareous gravel, contributing further to the characterful distinctiveness of Cosse Maisonneuve's wines.
Intrigued? If so, do join us this coming Saturday at the shop. Join us between 10am-5.30pm Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October and Sunday 22nd 11am-5pm. Look forward to seeing you then!