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

Cahors, France

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



"A compelling, deep, dark and detailed wine."

Mike Bennie

About the Wine

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.

About Domaine Laroque D'Antan

Claude and Lydia Bourguignon are incredibly well respected microbiologists and have worked with some the most esteemed vineyards in the world, advising the likes of DRC, Selosse and Egly-Ouriet. During a routine inspection of the Cahors region in 2005, they discovered what seemed to be an abandoned vineyard 5km outside the town, which was likely abandoned in the 1870s during the phylloxera pandemic. They purchased the site in 2006 and began reinvigorating it with their son, Emmanuel.

It normally takes several years to do this. For this respected pair of scientists, it took two. Plantings were inspired by the history of the region and the current climate. The vineyard, which is mere metres from the Cahors AOC, is now home to Malbec and Cabernet Franc, as well as the near extinct varieties of Négrette, Prunelart and Cot à Pied Rouge for red varieties. White grapes include Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Mauzac and Verdanel. This is an exciting addition to the world of fine wine.

Lydia and Claude with their son, Emmanuel
Lydia and Claude with their son, Emmanuel
Cahors, France
Additional Info

From the Producer

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.

Blend : Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Négrette, Prunelart, Cot à Pied Rouge
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

The revitalised vineyards
The revitalised vineyards
Domaine Laroque D'Antan
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"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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