WINE NO 6 TDF CASE – STAGE 19 CASTELNAU-MAGNOAC – CAHORS – CAHORS LA FAGE COSSE MAISSONEUVE 2018
Today's stage of the Tour finishes in the historic town of Cahors which is nestled on the River Lot. It has a beautiful town centre, Roman walls and the famous Valentré bridge, pictured above. It is surrounded by steep arid limestone hills upon which they have for centuries grown the Malbec grape variety.
Wine production dates in the region dates back 200 years and has always been dominated by the dark Malbec grape variety. The region enjoyed a great reputation from the middle ages until the late 19th century when it started to lose out to regions like Bordeaux. During that period, Cahors wine know as, 'The Black Wine' was sold and shipped to nobles from England to Russia. More recently Cahors has benefitted hugely from the resurgence of the Malbec variety in Argentina.
Since 2007, the Interprofessional Wine Union of Cahors has developed an association with Wines of Argentina, who created world Malbec day with great success for both countries. It is celebrated on the 17th of April every year.
Matthieu Cosse and Catherine Maisonneuve created Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve in 1999. They have been certified organic since the start and approach everything following natural and biodynamic principles to produce harmonious, aromatically complex and precise wines.
They have vines of Malbec on different terroir including clay, limestone and calcareous gravel, all of which produce slightly different expressions. They also planted non native varieties like Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. All their wines have a restraint and elegance which is not often found in Cahors wines.
La Fage is the middle Cuvee of Cahors, ripe, full, yet precise and with acidity that lifts the palate. The 2018 vintage is stunning and outstanding value for a wine of this class.