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Producer : Château Lamartine
Region : Cahors (France), France (France)
Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Hard Cheese, Red Meat
This is a rich wine with powerful tannins. It has ripe dark blue and black fruit notes with a touch of vanilla. While the tannins are full the wine has a great acid backbone to maintain the structure. This is a top value, structured and succulent red that is ready to sip alongside some salty, fatty protein.
"Open and fragrant, maturing nicely at this stage, Lamartine's classic Cahors (90% malbec with 10% merlot), is a lovely and succulent wine, well-proportioned and fresh, with lively acids and a real limestone twang. Wood is fully in the background, an accessory to complexity, while tannins are ripe, fine and silky and length is exceptional in the price category. Classy, well made wine, authentic, and surely better than most Bordeaux for the money. Drink or hold another 4-6 years."
91 points / 5 Star Value - John Szabo MS, WineAlign, March 2023
92 points / 5 Star Value - Michael Godel, WineAlign, March 2023
|Bottles Per Case||12 Pack|
|Cellaring||Drink Now or Cellar|
|Sweetness Descriptor||XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Region||Cahors (France), France (France)|
|Style||Medium & floral|
|Food Pairing||Hard Cheese, Red Meat|
|Descriptors||Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral|
|Price of Case||$311.88|
Chateau Lamartine was built in 1922 on the site of a century-old oak tree. Local legend recounts that in the Middle Ages this was where Martine, the daughter of the local Baron, would meet her various suitors. As a family property that dates back to the Middle Ages, these vineyards survived the Gallo-Roman wars as well the invasion of phylloxera in 1878. The terroir of the 37 hectares faces South on clay and limestone soils which guarantees a perfect maturity to the Malbec, coming from vines all between 20 and 45 years old.
The Cahors appellation is not only one of the most historically important wine appellations in all of France, it is the spiritual home of the Malbec grape. Situated along the Lot River in the southwest, a few hours inland from Bordeaux, Cahors had the market for powerful Malbec reds essentially cornered, only to have its thunder stolen by the dense, polished wines of Mendoza, Argentina. But a growing legion of forward-thinking properties are trying to change that and Chateau Lamartine is one such estate.
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