2019 Domaine Laroque D'Antan IGP Cote du Lot Nigrine Rouge

Truly unique, this is a stunning blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec from one of Cahor's most sought after producers.

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Wine was sourced from a vineyard which was, in all likelihood, abandoned during the phylloxera epidemic. Since 2006, Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, with their son Emmanuel, have revitalised the vineyard and brought it back up to health. It is mere metres away from the official border of Cahors, and is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, with a portion made up of the rare grapes Négrette, Prunelart, Cot à Pied Rouge. Get excited.

This defies all expectations. You'd expect something big and bold from the blend, and the dark colour, but it is a vividly aromatic and refined wine. There is plenty of power, though, in those long chalky tannins. The fruit was fermented in concrete tanks before maturation in old oak, which was a deliberate choice to maintain freshness. It's full of dried rosemary and lavender, with dark plum and cherries, butcher meat and brambly spices. It's truly stunning stuff.

Serve after decanting the wine to allow the wine to express itself. This "local wine" is strong and pleasant, with tannins reminiscent of limestone clay plots. The structure is delicate and refined and is best drunk with game birds, like duck or pigeon.

Region: Cahors, France
Blend: Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Négrette, Prunelart, Cot à Pied Rouge
ABV: 12.50%
Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - "Incredibly perfumed, dried herbs, garrigue, dark cherry, stewed plums, game meat, damp earth and brambles. Wonderful stuff. Satiny textured, supple and dark fruited to taste, loaded with dark fruits, spice, herbs, flush with bright, blood orange acidity and shaped with a web of lacy tannin that gently brings a pucker to the palate. A compelling, deep, dark and detailed wine. It feels destined for deepest, finest glassware and a long, contemplative drink. Fantastic." Mike Bennie

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